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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested


Headshot of Thomas Mickey next to a close up of a print of a colorful bouquet of flowers.Member's Choice: All about Flowers: James Vick's Ninteenth-Century Seed Company

with Thomas Mickey

IN-PERSON TICKETS | Members free and Visitors free with admission $8

LOCATION | The Boston Athenaeum, Henry Long Room

The second half of the nineteenth century made possible a media-driven garden, which included what a garden should look like, where it should be in the home landscape, and what plants ought to be in it. Seed catalogs, garden magazines, and horticultural papers suggested what to plant where in the garden. Focused on the contributions of seed company owner James Vick, All about Flowers illustrates how nineteenth-century seed companies influenced gardeners and the kind of garden that became essentiall--the flower garden.

Thomas Mickey, from Quincy, Massachusetts, is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgwater State University, where he taught public relations writing and directed student interns. He is also a graduate of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College.

Mickey is a Master Gardener and has been gardening for more than 30 years. He posts weekly on his blog He is the former garden writer for Seacoast Media and author of three books, including Best Garden Plants for New England. The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries nominated his book America's Romance with the English Garden for its annual Literature Award. Ohio University Press published his newest book, All about Flowers, in May 2021.

PURCHASE All about Flowers from our partner, Harvard Book Store.

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