The Herb Society of Nashville’s

Through the Garden Gate

A Glimpse of Edwardian England

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cheekwood Botanic Hall – Nashville Tennessee


Marta McDowell

Author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales

Geraldine Laufer

Author of Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers.

 Terry White

Highly-regarded Nashville floral designer


Celebrate the gardens and foods and flowers that delighted Downton Abbey family and friends as the 19th century turned into the 20th.

Begin the day with a hearty Edwardian breakfast from the hands of HSN’s talented cooks. Then enjoy the morning’s two fine speakers.  Terry White will speak on English Garden Style and then Marta McDowell will share the story of the intriguing gardener who created Peter Rabbit and his friends, was a recognized mycologist and a notable conservationist.

There will be a box lunch to carry outside to enjoy the garden and a jazz concert offered as part of Cheekwood’s Fall Celebration.

Then back inside for tea and cookies and a presentation by Geraldine Laufer who will demonstrate the technique of creating the charming nosegays that continue to delight all lovers of blossom.

There will be vendors with tempting treasures. And this year Parnassus Books will join us with a selection of McDowell’s books to be signed by the author, and Laufer will have copies of her book on tussie-mussies. 

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