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

Category: Book
By (author): McDowell, Marta
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  GARDENING / Essays & Narratives
  GARDENING / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Timber Press
Published: November 2013
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 340
Size: 8.31in x 6.63in x 1.06in
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From The Publisher*

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.

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"You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends...  the book is a visual delight."

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"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, as an energetic, sturdy soul with an uncanny understanding of animals."

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"McDowell leads her readers on a virtual tour of the gardens that were important in Potter's life and provides season-by-season descriptions of the flowered landscapes the author created at Hill Top Farm and Castle Cottage."

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"A volume rich with photographs and Potter's own enchanting sketches and watercolors."

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"McDowell brings to light a delightfully different side of the celebrated author... The book recounts Potter's life through a gardening lens and is copiously illustrated with her sketches and watercolors of plants."

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"A beautiful book that gives a strong sense of the strong and practical woman that Potter was. Nearly every page has a photograph or delicate painting from one of her books…  a visual feast." 

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"One of the best books this year for the gardener on your holiday gift list… a gem."

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"Illustrated on every page with scenes from Potter's life and her botanical illustrations… If you love gardening, you will love this book."

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"In this visually charming book, McDowell takes us from her childhood summers in the country to her adult homes and gardens."