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Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World

Wednesday, March 10th from 4:00-5:00 PM (EST)
Kathryn Aalto

In a visually-rich and entertaining presentation, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed speaker Kathryn Aalto introduces her book, Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World.  Taking people behind the scenes into forays up mountains and into castle gardens, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 remarkable women with grit and verve whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization, yet they all share a bold authenticity that makes their work both distinct and universal. A great talk for people interested in natural history, nature writing, travel writing, women's history, and more.

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Kathryn Aalto

Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, educator and New York Times Bestselling author based in Exeter, England. She is an experienced speaker whose visually-rich, multi-media talks educate and inspire. Her energy, humor, and storytelling have made her an in-demand speaker everywhere from Ivy League universities to the world's most beautiful botanical gardens. She speaks extensively at arboretums, libraries, art and natural history museums, writing festivals, garden clubs, and book festivals.

Signature Cocktail

For her Happy Hour presentation, Kathryn has selected the classic Mojito for its herbaceous mint flavors. 

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz White rum, 1 oz Fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons Sugar, 6 leaves of Mint, Soda Water

Preparation: Mint sprigs muddled with sugar and lime juice. Rum added and topped with soda water. Garnished with sprig of mint leaves. Served with a straw.