Museum Lecture Series Welcomes Smithsonian Gardening Expert

An example of a potager, or kitchen garden. Courtesy Cynthia Brown.

We are honored to welcome Cynthia A. Brown, the Smithsonian Gardens’ Education Specialist and Manager of Collections and Education, as the speaker for the  next Museum lecture, Designing an Urban Potager, scheduled for April 19, 2011 in the Greenbelt Community Center.  According to Ms. Brown, “a traditional French kitchen garden – potager – mingles vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to make the function of providing food for the table aesthetically pleasing.  An urban potager uses every inch of available space, growing edibles and ornamentals on balconies, patios, porches and rooftops.” Join us to hear how Ms. Brown will eliminate excuses for excluding edibles with suggestions on what edibles to grow, unusual ways to grow them and how to do it all with style! 

 Ms. Brown is a regular contributor to Washington Gardener magazine and the Washington Post blog AllWeCanEat/Groundworks. She is a frequent speaker at many venues and enjoys entertaining the public with her gardening trials and tribulations.  Ms. Brown wasn’t always an expert. She started gardening because she loves to cook and was frustrated at the inability to purchase the special herbs and vegetables mentioned in cookbooks and cooking magazines. She believes that every garden should be a mix of ornamentals and edibles for a truly gourmet garden!

The Friends of the Greenbelt Museum Annual Meeting will begin at 7pm immediately prior to the lecture. Please join us.

This Greenbelt Museum lecture is offered in conjunction with our exhibit, Green from the Start: A History of Gardening in Greenbelt.

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