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"Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, NH. When she was four, her father became the lighthouse keeper on White Island in the Isles of Shoals. After resigning his post eight years later, he built a resort hotel on Appledore Island in Maine. The first of its kind on the New England coast, the hotel became a gathering place for writers and artists during the latter half of the 19th century. In her last year of life, Celia published this work, in which she lovingly describes her Appledore garden and its flowers. The flowers she

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"Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, NH. When she was four, her father became the lighthouse keeper on White Island in the Isles of Shoals. After resigning his post eight years later, he built a resort hotel on Appledore Island in Maine. The first of its kind on the New England coast, the hotel became a gathering place for writers and artists during the latter half of the 19th century. In her last year of life, Celia published this work, in which she lovingly describes her Appledore garden and its flowers. The flowers she grew in her cutting garden filled her own rooms and those of the hotel, and this work became famous for its descriptions of the old-fashioned flowers she grew there. Her island garden, a plot that measured 15 feet square, has been re-created and is open to visitors."

This elegant and charming slipcased gift edition is for anyone who loves an island, a garden, the paintings of Childe Hassam, or exquisite bookmaking.

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This is the publisher's first reissue of Thaxter's charmingly astute reflections on gardening and nature on an island off the coast of New Hampshire, of the notable edition with American Impressionist Childe Hassam's color illustrations and a gold-stamped cover. Tasha Tudor provides details on the author's life, her friendship with Hassam, and the restored Appledore garden. Boxed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429014298
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Gardening in America Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 947,288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

About the time the facsimile edition was first published, Celia Thaxter's garden was restored by volunteers according to the plans noted in this book. It is open to visitors through arrangements with Cornell University's marine laboratory on nearby Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Not the Gift I Had Hoped

    The writing is exquisite but I was disappointed in that the book description mentions the paintings of Childe Hassam and there are none in this book. Nor was it "slipcased".

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