Nature writer, landscape historian, garden designer

March 20 | 5 p.m. | BSU’s AJ 175

Audubon members and friends are invited to a presentation by Kathryn Aalto—a New York Times best-selling nature writer, landscape historian, garden designer, and teacher—on March 20, 5 p.m., in room 175 of the Arts and Journalism building on the Ball State campus. 

Kathryn focuses on those places where nature and culture intersect: teaching the literature of nature and place, designing artful and sustainable gardens, and writing about the natural world. Her most recent book is Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World, which explores the lives, literature, and landscapes of 25 classic, new, and overlooked female nature writers, including Indiana’s own Gene Stratton-Porter.

An American based in Exeter, England, Aalto considers the question, “How best to live in this world?” at the heart of her nature writing. In her work as a garden designer, her gardens are “mindfully designed to enhance mental and physical health.”  To learn more, visit

Aalto’s visit is hosted by Ball State’s Honors College and co-sponsored by the Robert Cooper Audubon Society and the English Department, Landscape Architecture Department, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program at BSU. Admission is free. Metered parking is available in the McKinley Ave. garage, accessible from Ashland Ave.  The Arts and Journalism Building is a 5-minute walk from there.  See map.

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