2010 Programs


Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Put down the apple Adam": The Dickinsons’ Apples and Figs

Time:  10 am – noon
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee:  no charge

Landscape historian and gardener Marta McDowell will offer a program about apples and figs, two fruits strongly associated with the Dickinson family. McDowell will discuss the horticulture of apples and figs, how they were eaten and preserved, and how you, too, can prepare apple and fig dishes in the spirit of the Dickinsons. The program will begin with a talk, followed by a tasting of heirloom apples, figs, and products made from Dickinson-era recipes.

Marta McDowell
Marta McDowell

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey.  Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Fine Gardening and The New York Times.  Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia

Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led McDowell to the poet Emily Dickinson.  McDowell's book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005.  If you visit the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, you can stroll the grounds with a landscape audio tour that McDowell scripted in 2007.  McDowel has also presented numerous programs on landscapes and gardens at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

McDowell teaches landscape history and preservation at the New York Botanical Garden and Drew University and served on the Advisory Committee for the New York Botanical Garden's "Emily Dickinson's Garden" exhibition (May 1-June 13, 2010). 

A Table for Ten program.