- May 14, 2011-February 15, 2012
Writing the Garden: Books from the Collections of The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
- May 21-August 29, 2010
Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design Rare books from the collections of the Morgan Library and Museum and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Lectures and Symposia
- June 2, 2010
How Romantic is Now? Spotlight on Contemporary Landscape Design
- May 26, 2010
Great Romantic Landscapes: Central Park and Frederic Church's Olana
- January 15, 2008
How Green is My City? New York Today and in 2030
- January-April 2007
Nature and Place: A Series of Conversations with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
- January-April 2006
The American Landscape: Ideals, Influences, Innovations
Writing the Garden: Books from the Collections of The New York Society
Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
The New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street, NYC
May 14, 2011 – February 15, 2012
Co-curated by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and Harriet Shapiro, head of exhibitions at The New York Society Library, this exhibition contains a selection of volumes that constitute the best of a special genre of literature: the garden book informed by personal experience and a passionate love of nature and horticulture. Represented are works by Jane Loudon, Celia Thaxter, Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Russell Page, Katharine S. White, and other hands-on gardener-writers.
Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries, published by the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the New York Society Library in association with David R. Godine, Publisher, amplifies the contents of the exhibition by placing in narrative context a wide array of books and authors. Considered here are the words of hands-on gardeners who write with their own gardens in full view. Ranging in time and place from Enlightenment France to modern-day New York City, they invite the reader into the natural world of soil and flowers, insects and sun, pride and frustration. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Russell Page, Lynden Miller, and Michael Pollan are among the fifty writers excerpted and discussed.
To order Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries, please click here, print the form, and mail it to the Foundation for Landscape Studies at 7 West 81st Street, New York, NY 10024.