Philly Book Fest: Robbin Gourley on how the White House grew

The Parkway Central Library will host author and illustrator Robbin Gourley this weekend as part of the Philadelphia Book Festival.

Gourley is the author of “First Garden: The White House Garden and How it Grew,” a story revealing the White House’s agricultural history from Eleanor Roosevelt’s WWII Victory Garden, to Michelle Obama’s organic kitchen garden.

The book was inspired by summers spent as a young girl on her grandmother’s North Carolina farm, where she learned to grow, gather and toss together meals using freshly plucked produce. It is also a celebration of home and community gardening, cooking with local ingredients, and teaching local youth about the importance of knowing where their food comes from.

Gourley is also the author of two cookbooks and another book for children, “Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie” about ground-breaking African American chef Edna Lewis.

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Event Information:

  • Date: Saturday, April 16
  • Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Where: Story Hour Rm. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
  • Cost: Free