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IN-PERSON EVENT: Becoming a Gardener with Catie Marron

Thursday May 12 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an in-person author event with Catie Marron, as she shares her new book, Becoming a Gardener: What Reading and Digging Taught Me About Living. This is a beautifully designed, full-color personal account of what it means to become a gardener, filled with specially commissioned color photography, watercolors, and fine art.

Catie Marron is the creator and editor of two anthologies on the value and significance of urban public spaces: City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares around the World, and City Parks: Public Places and Private Thoughts. She is a trustee and Chair Emeritus of  The New York Public Library, where she was Chairman of the Board.  Marron is also a trustee of Friends of the High Line, where she was also Board Chair, and a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She was previously an editor for Vogue.

Co-Sponsored by the Avon Library, Garden of Club of Avon, and West Avon Garden Club.

About this book: 

BECOMING A GARDENER brings together Catie Marron’s experience of making her first garden with her study of great garden literature, to better understand how being/becoming a gardener can enrich one’s life.

Catie has always been drawn to gardens, visiting them whenever traveling, collecting and reading books about gardens, yet she didn’t have the base of knowledge she felt necessary to become a gardener.  After her family bought a new house in Connecticut, she set out to learn all she could to turn their house into a home.  She literally put down roots and made her garden; something she’d always longed to do.  

She found herself channeling Cicero and decided to learn by both reading and digging.  Catie weaves together the knowledge, advice and often humorous opinions of her ‘literary mentors’ with her experience as she considers age-old concepts of time, change, imagination, and hope, pleasure, beauty, companionship and sustainability.   Rich literary references include those of Michael Pollan, Monty Don, Karel, Penelope Lively, Eudora Welty, Sir Roy Strong, Vita Sackville-West and Jamaica Kincaid, among many others.

Accompanying photographs of her growing garden by William Abranowicz, original watercolors from the firm All the Way to Paris, and works by artists such as Twombly, Klimt, Monet and Hilma of Klint seamlessly mix with memoir, anecdotes and lessons learned, providing a glorious journey to discover what it fully means to be a gardener.   

Nothing escapes Catie’s eye: From the ideal composition of soil, and the merits of moon gardening, to the most important tools to have on hand, the value of scent and whether roses are worth the trouble they create.  She points the reader to the world’s great gardens such as Italy’s ancient Garden of Ninfa, the rough landscapes of Derek Jarman and lush canvases created by Piet Oudolf. This highly original book is rounded out with an appendix of lively, mini biographies of the gardening writers, an annotated list of recommended books and films , and a monthly to-do calendar.

Please register so that we can set up the community room with appropriate spacing.

Books will be for sale at this event.


Thursday May 12
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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860-673-9712 ext 4
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281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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