Saturday, Sept 19 ▪ 3-6pm
Sunday, Sept 20 ▪ 9-11am (via Zoom)
Two Days, Four Amazing Speakers!
Jamaica Kincaid | Kathryn Aalto | Victoria Johnson | Peggy Cornett
Join us for our 2-day webinar, Conversations with Eden. Dan Hinkley will introduce each speaker, and there will be a Q&A session after each lecture. All registrants will receive the recordings the next business day.
BBGS and Heronswood Members: $60
About the Speakers
Jamaica Kincaid is professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. She has authored five novels, five non-fiction books (several of which are about gardening), and countless magazine articles, including this recent article in The New Yorker magazine. In 2017, Jamaica won the Dan David Prize in Literature. In addition, she holds Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Brandies and Tufts Universities. Her love of gardening has led her to go plant exploring with Dan Hinkley, and she based her book, Among the Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya, on one of their trips.
Victoria Johnson is a historian and award-winning author. Her latest book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, was published in 2018. In it she writes about the life of David Hosack, a doctor best known for tending to the fatal injuries of Alexander Hamilton after his duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. Dr. Hosack’s other passion, however, was plants. He assembled a plant collection so spectacular and diverse—much of it for medical research—that it amazes botanists even today. Tune into Victoria’s talk to hear more about this amazing doctor and how his work is still relevant more than 200 years later!
Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape historian, designer, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author based in Exeter, England. Kathryn’s most recent book is Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shaped the Way We See the Natural World. In it she celebrates 25 women, including Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Susan Fenimore Cooper, and Vita Sackville-West, whose influential writing has helped to deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. In Kathryn’s symposium lecture, she will tell us more about some of these amazing and talented women.
Peggy Cornett is the curator of plants at Monticello, former home and garden of Thomas Jefferson, where she has worked for over thirty years. Her lecture topic will be “Nature’s Rich Mantle: Thomas Jefferson’s Vision of Elysium.” Peggy lectures on garden history, writes for gardening magazines and professional journals, and is an occasional guest on PBS. She has received the Southern Garden History Society’s Flora Ann Bynum Medal in the garden history field, and the Garden Club of America’s Horticultural Commendation for horticultural expertise.