In the 1890s at the beginning of the modern garden industry, mass advertising, faster printing, national magazines, and free rural mail delivery made it possible to publish seed and nursery catalogs in the millions and send them across the country. The catalogs encouraged the romantic English garden style in essays, illustrations, and ads. The principle elements of that English garden design included the lawn, small groupings of flowering shrubs, a vegetable garden outback, flowerbeds on the lawn, trees to line the property, and a curved walkway. At a time when homeowners were eager to learn how to garden, it was no surprise that Americans everywhere loved the English Garden and that the same garden appeared from California to Maine—even at The Fells. Join landscape artist and author of America’s Romance with the English Garden, Thomas Mickey, as he shares his knowledge of the establishment of English gardens in the US. Books will be available for sale and signing. Open to all, requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education.
About the presenter. Thomas Mickey, from Rye, is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts where he taught media and public relations courses for twenty-five years. He is also a graduate of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He has been gardening on his one-acre property for almost 30 years and has been a Master Gardener for Rockingham County since 1998. For the past twenty years his garden stories have appeared in newspapers owned by Seacoast Media which covers Portsmouth, Hampton, and southern Maine. He posts twice a week on his blog called AmericanGardening.net. Professor Mickey is the author of four books, including Best Garden Plants for New England. The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries nominated his newest book America’s Romance with the English Garden for its annual Literature Award. The UK magazine Spectator named the book ‘best garden book of the year’.