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Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie

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Helen Sharp illustrationLaura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie” will be on display in the library of the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, from October 19, 2018, through January 13, 2019.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations (one is pictured, above left) by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book.

In connection with the exhibition, Ms. McDowell will present a library talk at the garden from 2 to 3 p.m. November 17, 2018.

Marta McDowell lives, writes, and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening, and The New York Times. Her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series. She is also the author of All the Presidents’ Gardens, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, and Emily Dickinson’s Gardens.

(Illustration courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden)

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