LIBRARY: Marta McDowell at the Hudson Library [4/29]

Discover the surprising influence that gardens and gardening have had on mystery novels and their authors with the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. when horticulturist Marta McDowell discusses her new book Gardening Can Be Murder. This program has been generously funded by the Hudson Garden Club.  

*Please note, this is an in-person event and registration is required to attend. To register, click here

With their deadly plants, razor-sharp shears, shady corners, and ready-made burial sites, gardens make an ideal scene for the perfect murder. But the outsize influence that gardens and gardening have had on the mystery genre has been underappreciated. Gardening Can Be Murder illuminates the many ways in which our greatest mystery writers, from Edgar Allen Poe to authors on today’s bestseller lists, have found inspiration in the sinister side of gardens. From the cozy to the hardboiled, the literary to the pulp, and the classic to the contemporary, Gardening Can Be Murder is the first book to explore the mystery genre’s many surprising horticultural connections. Meet plant-obsessed detectives and spooky groundskeeper suspects, witness toxic teas served in foul play, and tour the gardens—both real and imagined—that have been the settings for fiction’s ghastliest misdeeds. The book also introduces us to some of today’s top writers who consider gardening integral to their craft, assuring that horticultural themes will remain a staple of the genre for countless twisting plots to come.    

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Her latest book is Unearthing The Secret Garden, about the inspiration for the children's classic. Timber Press also published Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, All the Presidents' Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its eighth printing. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement. 

Registration for this program is required. Copies of Gardening Can Be Murder will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. 

Event date: 
Monday, June 10, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
96 Library St.
Hudson, OH 44236
Gardening Can Be Murder: How Poisonous Poppies, Sinister Shovels, and Grim Gardens Have Inspired Mystery Writers By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781643261126
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Days
Published: Timber Press - September 5th, 2023

This fun, engrossing book takes a look at the surprising influence that gardens and gardening have had on mystery novels and their authors.

With their deadly plants, razor-sharp shears, shady corners, and ready-made burial sites, gardens make an ideal scene for the perfect murder.


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