Paradise Under Glass Author Ruth Kassinger to Speak May 4 at Adkins Arboretum

ParadiseUnderGlass HiRes (265 x 400)Chronicle one gardener’s journey from brown thumb to green when author Ruth Kassinger presents Paradise Under Glass on Saturday, May 4 at Adkins Arboretum.

Like many baby boomers in middle age, Kassinger was at an emotional crossroads. Confronted by numerous challenges, she was searching for a way forward. One cold, gray evening, flooded with thoughts of change and loss, she wandered into the U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory—and a dream was born. Dazzled by the vast and dense tangle of greenery, she began a quest to create a verdant sanctuary of her own at her home in suburban Washington, D.C.

In this lecture, Kassinger will take participants step by step, from the construction of her conservatory through her efforts to identify the easiest to grow, most beautiful houseplants. In chronicling her journey to create her own tropical refuge, she also provides a lively narrative tour of the glasshouses of the past, including Renaissance orangeries, the whimsical follies of Georgian England, the legendary Crystal Palace, and selected Victorian ferneries. Throughout, she shares the knowledge and insights that creating and sustaining her garden has bestowed, lessons of loss and letting go, nurturing and rebirth, challenge and change, love and serenity. Paradise Under Glass is the remarkable story of the fruition of a dream that is sure to inspire.

Kassinger’s 90-minute talk begins at 1 p.m. The program fee is $15 for members, $20 for the general public. Register at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.