Tenley Author Series

Tenley-Friendship Library

Tenley Author Series

Ann Stevens with Giles Kelly

Book CoverJoin local authors Ann Stevens, photographer, and Giles Kelly, writer, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. as they discuss their recently published coffee-table book, Diplomatic Gardens of Washington,  which provides an exclusive look at private gardens behind embassy walls. Stevens will show some of the many photographs that capture the beauty of the private gardens of 12 ambassadorial residences, including the grandeur of the British garden, the Oriental style of the Korean garden, and the charm of the Danish garden. The accompanying text provides the history of each residence. These gardens contain some nice surprises, including a telephone booth, lap pool and statue of a friendly bear. The book includes a foreword by Holly Shimizu, executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Stevens has photographed numerous private gardens and estates in Washington, including the gardens of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, where her photographs appear in its souvenir book. She is a widely published photographer, and her photographs of Mexico were shown in a one-woman exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Kelly is a retired State Department diplomat and naval captain. He likes to write on nautical subjects, and with Ann Stevens, his wife, enjoys gardening. Diplomatic Gardens of Washington is their second book. The first was Sequoia: A Presidential Yacht. They live in American University Park.