Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life - Signed Copy
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.
Richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.
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.
"Gardeners brought up on the mishaps of Peter Rabbit can now curl up with Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life. ... This work brings Potter, as much as her garden, to life." --New York Times
"I cannot over-emphasize the beauty of this book: the wonderful replicas of Ms. Potter's artwork, the photos from past and present, the engaging accounts of her life and her garden throughout the seasons ... what a treasure!" --The Gardener