Tryon Palace Hosts Lecture about Gardener, Peter Rabbit Author

Lecture About Beatrix Potter will be held at the N.C. History Center, Sunday, June 15 

NEW BERN, NC – June 15, 2014

Lovers of gardening and history alike are invited to join Tryon Palace on June 15 as author Marta McDowell discusses the life of children’s author and naturalist, Beatrix Potter. The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. 

McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales, will give a special lecture that traces the development and eventual blossoming of Potter’s life.

Potter, known for her popular children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was a renowned gardener, artist, author and naturalist. The characters in her books existed in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens; a world born of her own passion for nature. Her books, drawings, and conservational efforts have made her an interesting character for study by nature-lovers and historians alike.

An accomplished writer and horticulturalist, McDowell has taught classes at the New York Botanical Garden, designed landscapes for museums and historic sites, and has been a featured speaker for many organizations, including the Beatrix Potter Society in the United Kingdom. McDowell’s Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life follows Potter from childhood interests in plants, to authorship and conservational efforts in adulthood. 

Attendance to the lecture is free and additional information about McDowell is available at
Copies of McDowell’s book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales, will be available for sale in the Tryon Palace Museum Store. The author will sign copies after the event.

For more information about the event, call 252-639-3500 or visit 

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit