Brown Bag Lecture Series

Thomas Mickey speaks about “America’s Romance with the English Garden”

Wednesday, June 18 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults, Seniors

Thomas Mickey appears at the Brown Bag Lecture Series to speak about his book “America’s Romance with the English Garden”. blue plateAt the beginning of the modern garden industry in the 1890s 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 the same garden appeared from California to Maine.

About the Series » Art and Authors: A Collaboration between PMA and PPL

This summer, Portland Public Library is teaming up with the Portland Museum of Art for select Brown Bag Lectures to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from Maine and afar. On these select Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the Portland Museum of Art* for free admission and a tour of works that relate to the themes in the books. Conversation continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Café.

6/18: America’s Romance with the English Garden, by Thomas Mickey

7/16: Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism by Andrew Vietze (with Stephen Erickson)

8/20: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

*Meet in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall at the PMA at 1:30pm after the lecture at PPL

About the Series » Brown Bag Lecture Series

Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.

All Brown Bag Lectures are free to the public (unless specifically noted as a fundraiser). Because they usually take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design. Special thanks to our Brown Bag Lecture Series coffee sponsor, Coffee by Design. Books on sale at each lecture courtesy of Longfellow Books, who generously donates a portion of the proceeds to the Portland Public Library.

Questions about our Brown Bag Lectures? Please send us an e-mail.
Want to hear one from the past?  Maine Humanities Council has come and recorded a few of our talks, listen here!