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Linda Beutler

Author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis and curator, Rogerson Clematis Collection

Linda Beutler’s passion for plants—and specifically clematis—has most recently manifested itself with the publication of Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis (Timber Press, 2016). Linda has gardened as long as she can remember, and has been fueling the passion of new gardeners as adjunct faculty in the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College since fall term 1996. Other than clematis, her personal garden bears witness to a stout collecting chromosome: old garden roses, enkianthus and pittosporums, more daylilies than can be called wise, honeysuckles (because one genus of vining thugs isn’t enough), and she will try any herbaceous perennial pea. There are dozens of sarracenias for no good reason other than abject fascination. Mindful that if you follow your passion a career may follow, Linda just celebrated her tenth anniversary as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and is about to complete two terms as President of the International Clematis Society. Linda lectures nationally on numerous gardening topics, is a garden writer for both local and national publications including Pacific Horticulture, and has made numerous appearances on Portland’s Garden Time TV. She dabbles in Jane Austen fan fiction. Her novels are published by Meryton Press, including the silver-medal Independent Publishers Association “IPPY” award winning The Red Chrysanthemum, and in 2017, My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley.


Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew, and So Can You!

Beloved novelist Jane Austen was the gardener in her family. Many of her most beloved plants are still available today, and there’s good reason we seek these plants 200 years after her death. This seminar includes durable plants for the beginning gardener, a little history, a playful swipe at nomenclature, and a conspiracy theory of garden writer and award-winning Jane Austen Fan Fiction author Linda Beutler’s—a botanical and literary intrigue yet to be disproved!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow