World's Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes and Garden History

Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 16 for a lecture featuring renowned garden historian Cathy Jean Maloney.

3:30pm, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Warner Bros Theater at the National Museum of American History
12th Street and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

This event is free. RSVP is requested: please click here to RSVP.
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World's Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes and Garden History

Cathy Jean Maloney will describe how nine World’s Fair landscapes forever changed America’s major urban green spaces and private backyards. Sharing color images from the gardens of America’s greatest expositions, she will show how these trends filtered into home gardens and growers’ hothouses. From Frederick Law Olmsted’s work at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair to a “dream team” of landscape artists at the 1940 New York World’s Fair, Ms. Maloney will bring the gardens of the world’s fairs to life.

Winner of an American Horticultural Society’s 2012 National Book Award, Ms. Maloney's third book, World’s Fair Gardens has been hailed as a “must-read for those interested in the history of American landscape design.”

Cathy Jean Maloney is an award-winning author of horticultural history books, magazine editor, and frequent writer for national and regional newspapers and magazines.