Garden Party History

Over the years, New London and the surrounding communities have been delighted to hear these speakers at the Annual Garden Party:

2023 ~ John Forti, garden historian, director of Bedrock Gardens ~ “The Heirloom Garden– Traditional Plants and Skills”

2022 ~ Jim Perkins, New London Archivist ~ “Frederick Law Olmsted and the Garden at Tracy Library”

2020 & 2021 ~ Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Garden Parties were cancelled.

2019 ~ Michael Tougias, Best Selling Author ~ “400 Miles Down the Connecticut River”

2018 ~ John Forti, Historian, Author and Television Commentator ~ “Historic Gardens in Your Own Back Yard”

2017 ~ Keven Bragg, Proprietor of Canterbury Plantation, Canterbury, NH ~ “Green Thumbs in the White House”

2016 ~ Arleyn Levee, Landscape Historian and Preservation Consultant ~ “Landscapes for Domesticity: The Olmsted Firm’s Legacy of Residential and Community Design”

2015 ~ Sue Anne Bottomley, Artist and Author ~ “Rocks, Rivers and Roots”

2014 ~ Wendy Booth, Beekeeper and Former President of New Hampshire Beekeepers Association ~ “How Sweet It Is”

2013 ~ Charlie Nardozzi, Garden Writer, Speaker, Radio and Television Personality ~ “Eat Your Yard: Discover How to Grow an Edible Landscape in Your Yard”

2012 ~ Julie Moir Messervy, Landscape Designer and Author ~ “Home Outside”

2011 ~ Jere Daniell, Professor Emeritus, Professor of History, Dartmouth College ~ “Imagining Jane Tracy”

2010 ~ Mary Lyn Ray, Author of Children’s Books ~ Reading two of her picture books accompanied by pianist Will Ogmundson

2009 ~ Judy Wallace, Summer Resident and World Traveler ~ “Readings from writings by and about Jane Tracy”

2008 ~ Ann Page Stecker ~ “Speaking of Manners: Mary Elizabeth Wilson Sherwood & the Gilded Age”

2007 ~ Garden Party

2006 ~ Willem Lange, Host of NHPTV’s “Wildlife Journal,” Author, Newspaper Columnist and Storyteller