Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden

Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden

Longwood Gardens

Fri, Apr 6 
6:30 PM

The Autobiography of a Garden is an installation of twelve earthenware plates transfer-printed with engraving that shows artist Andrew Raftery going through the year performing gardening tasks appropriate to each month—a contemporary response to the medieval book of hours. 

The garden at Raftery's mother's home in Providence, Rhode Island, is both the inspiration for his work and a separate creative entity. In this talk, Raftery will discuss the relationship between the eight years it took to develop this project and the constantly renewing cycles inherent to gardening.

Friday, April 6
6:30 PM - Reception
7:15 PM - Illustrated talk and Q & A

Longwood Gardens
Ballroom and Music Room
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348


  • $25 General admission. Register online on
  • $20 Garden Conservancy and Longwood Gardens members (Garden Conservancy members, please call Cara Schaffer at the Garden Conservancy, 845.424.6500, to obtain discount code BEFORE registering online on
  • Members of the Garden Conservancy Society of Fellows are free of charge, but must pre-register as seating is limited. Please call Cara Schaffer at 845.424.6500 to register.

Andrew Raftery is a printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life. Trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale, he has focused on burin engraving for the past 17 years. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, British Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2003, Andrew received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2008 he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was elected to membership in the National Academy in 2009 and to Print Council of America in 2012. He is a professor of printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.

This program is presented in collaboration with Longwood Gardens.

Above image from Autobiography of a Garden exhibition, May - Cultivating Lettuce, courtesy of Andrew Raftery.