Book Signing @ Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Nov. 17

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host an author signing with Barbara Paul Robinson on Saturday, November 17th at 3pm. Robinson will sign copies of her latest book, Heroes in Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape (David R. Godine, $40).

About the book:

Here are the vibrant stories of eighteen heroes of horticulture – institution builders, plant explorers, and garden creators – who have all had a major impact on the American landscape. Three of them worked together to establish The Garden Conservancy to preserve exceptional gardens for the public. Others came to the rescue to restore and enhance public parks and public spaces, setting new standards for aesthetics and encouraging wider public use. While some have taken on the revitalization of botanic gardens, important to science and public education as well as public enjoyment, others have worked to create new outstanding public gardens. Then there are the adventurous tales of the intrepid plant explorers who travel to remote parts of the globe hunting for new plants unknown in the west. Many have also worked to hybridize and improve the plants already in use and most have opened nurseries to help ensure these great plants are available to the public. Finally, two have created their own exceptional gardens that, thanks to the existence of The Garden Conservancy, are becoming new public institutions.

Plants and garden ideas from all of these heroes grace and benefit gardens and gardeners across the country. Whether you garden or not, you’ll read their stories with a sense of wonder and admiration, just as you will benefit from their passion and their work.

About the author:

A hands-on gardener herself, Barbara Paul Robinson and her husband, Charles, have created their own highly acclaimed gardens at Brush Hill in northwestern Connecticut. During a sabbatical from the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, where she was the first woman partner, Barbara worked in England as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley house and then for Penelope Hobhouse at Tintinhull. On her return, Barbara served as the first woman President of the New York City Bar Association for two years and later wrote Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener (David R. Godine, 2012). A frequent speaker, she has published articles in the New York Times, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and Hortus. For more about Barbara’s book events, writings, and gardens go to

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email

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