Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

By Marta McDowell

Published by Timber Press, September 18th 2013

This is a truly glorious book which will delight anyone who loves gardening, art or the immortal Beatrix Potter stories.

Divided into three sections covering Beatrix Potter's life, the gardens she loved and created and how to visit them, this is a veritable treasure trove of historical facts, extracts and illustrations from her letters, diaries and published works as well as photographs both contemporaneous and modern, covering all aspects of her life, interests and works - all seamlessly woven into a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable book which gave my daughters and I several happy hours of perusing.

A pleasure to read, this is definitely a book to treasure and revisit as well as being a valuable guidebook when visiting her Lake District home; many of the famous stories contain scenes and plants which can still be recognised by the observant visitor and still appreciated because of  her determination to protect this area of enormous beauty by leaving 4,000 acres of her land to the nation in the care of the National Trust.

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