Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales

by Marta McDowell
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Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales by Marta McDowell

“An enchanting and original account of Beatrix Potter's life and her love of plants and gardening.” —Judy Taylor, vice president of the Beatrix Potter Society

There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604693638
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 189,789
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. McDowell also consults for public gardens and private clients. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally bought two books as gifts for friends who are master gardeners. I personally have no interest in gardening. I thought I would just skim through the book and look at the wonderful pictures and illustrations. However, skimming became reading and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the words and descriptions of the gardens and the love Beatrix Potter had in her work in the gardens. I also found so interesting the identification of the plants and areas from her real gardens to her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the first half of the book the author presents the reader with a biography of Beatrix Potter. She was an author, artist and gardener. Her drawings(not only from her books), photographs from her gardens and surrounding area are beautiful. The second half of the book tells us about her gardens in the four seasons with lovely accompanying photographs. This book was carefully researched. I never knew she drew the pictures for her books, was a dedicated gardener and donated the land she owned to the National Trust in England which can be toured today.
RosehipsMA More than 1 year ago
This book is a treat for a gardener and any one who is interested in botanical art. A great insight into a very talented, independent and intersting woman who was ahead of her time. It also has some wonderful reference material as well.
EdNY More than 1 year ago
This book is a biography of Potter's life but it is chock full of drawings and paintings of hers and photos of her and family and friends. It's amazing the talent had even at the age of 10. This is a most enjoyable book. Picture book enthusiasts, artists, will love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago