An Island Garden

An Island Garden

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by Celia Thaxter
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429014298
Publisher:
Applewood Books
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Gardening in America Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
302,092
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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