Artists of New England and their Gardens: “A Genius for Gardens: Edith Wharton & The Mount”

January 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington St
Wellesley, MA 02482
$40 Mass Horticultural Member; $60 General Admission
Massachusetts Horticultural Society


Join the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for an afternoon symposium curated by landscape writer and historian, Patrice Todisco. Presenters will lead an exploration of how gardens are places of creative rejuvenation, muse, and inspiration.

Three Presentations:
Michael Medeiros, formerly Emily Dickinson Museum, “Amherst has Gone to Eden”
Marie Nickerson, Celia Thaxter’s Garden Steward “Summers for Celia: Then & Again”
Anne Schuyler, The Mount’s Director of Visitor Services,  “A Genius for Gardens: Edith Wharton & The Mount”

A Genius for Gardens: Edith Wharton & The Mount

“Decidedly, I’m a better landscape gardener than novelist,” wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton about her beloved gardens at The Mount. Wharton is recognized today for her contribution to American literature, but she was also a passionate landscape designer, developing the grounds of her Berkshire estate with the same elegance and lucidity she applied to her written work. Edith Wharton: A Genius for Gardens will examine Wharton’s lifelong love of gardening, discuss her fascination with the European landscape design tradition, and trace the history and development of The Mount’s gardens and grounds from their inception to their recent restoration.