My Mother’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Garden and Its Roots in the Progressive Era


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Eudora Welty wove images of flowers and gardens into her stories but most did not realize that this imagery originated in hands-on experience in the garden she shared with her mother. The story of One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place unfolds during the 1920s, when women viewed gardening as a means of self-improvement. Jane Roy Brown will show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty’s mother’s generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life: Progressive-era optimism, garden clubs, civic beautification, plant introductions, conservation, and garden writing.

Presented by the Horticultural Society.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN