Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales

Book - 2013
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"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.

Publisher: Portland, OR : Timber Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604693638
Branch Call Number: ANF 823.912 MCD
Characteristics: 339 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, ports. ; 22 cm


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cmlibrary_ecrites Jul 26, 2017

This is a must read for any Beatrix Potter fan. The book is organized into 3 sections, the first biographical, the second looks at her gardens through the seasons of the year and the third talks about visiting the gardens now. It is clearly very thoroughly and lovingly researched. The pictures and sketches in the book provide a beautiful look into Beatrix Potter's life. There are several full-color, two page spreads and a plethora of smaller pictures and photos throughout. The narrative flows very well from chapter to chapter. Potter fans will enjoy seeing the sources of inspiration from which she drew to create the beautiful settings and much-loved characters in her works.

Jan 13, 2016

Absolutely stunning book - A must read!

d2013 Mar 23, 2014

An interested account of her life, her love of plants and gardening. She would illustrate her backgrounds, often inspired by her beautiful gardens, before introducing and giving life to her characters. We do see in this book a lot of her illustrations and quotes from "her" books. A truly enjoyable read!

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