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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Reprint edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780711225947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711225947
  • ASIN: 071122594X
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

“Perfect for Austen-reading book clubs.”

—Booklist

“Tea, social history, and English author Jane Austen—Kim Wilson’s delicious little

book will instruct and amuse fans of any or all three. . . . Highly recommended.”

—Tea: A Magazine

“In this delightful book Kim Wilson . . . has assembled a collection of anecdotes,

quotations, verses and recipes, charmingly illustrated.” —Jane Austen’s Regency World



This gorgeous book reflects on Jane Austen's interest in kitchen and flower gardening which is documented in her letters and in her novels. With gorgeous photographs the author gives instruction on how to create your own Georgian or Regency garden and is full of fascinating nuggets of information about early cottage and rectory gardens and the plants used in them.

(RHS Ireland Journal)

A book to delight garden lovers and fans of Jane Austen alike.

(Woman Alive)

This lovely A5 size book invites you to take a peak at the types of gardens and plantings that were her inspiration.

(Amateur Gardening)

A charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment, expounding on the references to gardens in the Austen novels, and discussing the sort of outdoor scenes Jane would have known… A pretty book which would make a delightful gift.

(House & Garden)

This book is only 114 pages long, but Kim Wilson has been skilled in her selection of gardens and it would be valuable to a garden historian, a lover of Jane Austen and anyone who likes a lovely book.

(Hampshire Gardens Trust magazine)

Ms Wilson has had great fun with her own tour, performing the stations of sensibility wherever Jane Austen or her characters, according to film producers' choice, chanced to turn their eye; she even gives telephone numbers so that we too may follow suit. The excellent photographs will certainly encourage.

(Jane Austen Society Newsletter)

A thoroughly comprehensive and diverting book.

(Limited Edition, South Worcestershire & Cotswolds)

Both books are beautifully produced and make an attractive pair for lovers of Jane Austen, filling in all-important background details to the novels.

(Good Book Guide)

About the Author

KIM WILSON is a writer, editor, and gardener who lives in Wisconsin and is a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of Tea with Jane Austen, described by Booklist as 'perfect for Austen-reading book clubs' and In the Garden with Jane Austen, described by House and Garden as 'a charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment'.

CELIA SIMPSON is Head Gardener at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 24 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." Fanny Price, Mansfield Park, Chapter 9

It seems quite fitting that a quote from Jane Austen's character Fanny Price, who is an astute observer of natural beauty, should open this book with such a succinct statement expressing her delight in being planted on the bench in Sotherton's parkland to enjoy the serene beauty of the green landscape around her. Verdure is not a word that one runs across very often in contemporary writing but we should, because it vividly describes a scene and sensations in one word. It is no leap of the imagination that Fanny's creator Jane Austen gave her such sentiments, for Jane dearly loved nature herself and included references to it and gardening in her novels and letters.

Author Kim Wilson must be a Fanny Price too, sensitive and observant to natures beauty as her new book In the Garden With Jane Austen is a verdurous delight, introducing us to Austen's affinity to nature through the gardens she would have experienced in her own homes, family members and public gardens of Georgian and Regency England. This beautiful little volume is packed full of quotes from her novels and letters referencing her characters experiences in the garden and her own love of garden cultivation. It has always appeared to me that some of the best plot development in her novels happened while her characters were walking and I am reminded that her heroine's Elizabeth Bennet, Catherine Morland, and Emma Woodhouse were all proposed to in a garden or on a woodland path. Hmm? Should we take a clue from this ladies and get your men outside?

"Emma resolved to be out of doors as soon as possible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By San Diego surfer on 20 Mar 2010
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What a terrific book! This book is well laid-out, easy to read, with gorgeous illustrations. I highly recommend it and I especially like the detailed plan of Chawton Cottage flower garden. This book makes it easy for anyone to create a Regency garden of their own. Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Suyderhoud on 3 Aug 2013
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Mavis Batey has described in an excellent way the English landscape garden of Jane Austen's time in her book "Jane Austen and the English Landscape", with beautiful illustrations such as period engravings. I hesitated therefore on buying this more recent book on Jane Austen period gardens, but the objective is different. Kim Wilson examines all sorts of gardens Jane Austen would have known, besides the English landscape gardens of the great estates and public parks, also the smaller cottage, town and public gardens are included. The book illustrates how gardens were used and enjoyed by Jane and the characters in her novels. Information with short descriptions and pictures of the best gardens to be visited are included. Also a list of gardens used for the many screen adaptations of her novels is given with useful (visiting) information. The last chapter on re-creating these gardens is only useful for owners of small gardens. Re-creating the beautiful English landscape garden, much more in detail described by Mavis Batey, is not explained. This book is therefore an useful addition to that of Mavis Batey, being more up to date and considering the smaller garden as well.
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By S. A. Bollongino on 25 Jan 2014
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This is a lovely book for Jane Austen afficionados and garden lovers. Good illustrations and informative text. A nice companion also to her novels.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful! Inspiring! Informative! Every Jane Austen Fan will Love it! 14 Nov 2008
By Laurel Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." Fanny Price, Mansfield Park, Chapter 9

It seems quite fitting that a quote from Jane Austen's character Fanny Price, who is an astute observer of natural beauty, should open this book with such a succinct statement expressing her delight in being planted on the bench in Sotherton's parkland to enjoy the serene beauty of the green landscape around her. Verdure is not a word that one runs across very often in contemporary writing but we should, because it vividly describes a scene and sensations in one word. It is no leap of the imagination that Fanny's creator Jane Austen gave her such sentiments, for Jane dearly loved nature herself and included references to it and gardening in her novels and letters.

Author Kim Wilson must be a Fanny Price too, sensitive and observant to natures beauty as her new book In the Garden With Jane Austen is a verdurous delight, introducing us to Austen's affinity to nature through the gardens she would have experienced in her own homes, family members and public gardens of Georgian and Regency England. This beautiful little volume is packed full of quotes from her novels and letters referencing her characters experiences in the garden and her own love of garden cultivation. It has always appeared to me that some of the best plot development in her novels happened while her characters were walking and I am reminded that her heroine's Elizabeth Bennet, Catherine Morland, and Emma Woodhouse were all proposed to in a garden or on a woodland path. Hmm? Should we take a clue from this ladies and get your men outside?

Ms. Wilson has certainly done her research collecting many quotes and antecedents from Austen's novels, letters and family lore effectively placing them in historical context and illustrated with beautiful photographs of the actual locations mentioned. I felt like I was on a personal garden tour of Austen's life as I traveled from the cottage gardens of her home in Steventon and Chawton, to the manor house gardens of her family such as brother Edward at Godersham Park, Goodnestone Park, and Chawton House, and the estate of Stoneleigh Abbey owned by her cousins the Leigh's. We are also treated to views of other famous estates that might have inspired settings in her novels such as Chatsworth House reputed to be the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice and Cottesbrook Hall for Mansfield Park.

Even though this is a lovely pictorial edition, the text is what really shines with so many facts and observations on how nature and gardens influenced Jane Austen's life and writings. I will admit to a more than slight disappointment in the book's small size and paperback format though in comparison to other comparably priced larger sized hardcover editions on the market.

I must confess a large prejudice in favor of this book even before it was published since it combined two of my passions, Jane Austen and gardening. When I finally had the book in hand, I was happy to discover that the last chapter is devoted to re-creating a Jane Austen inspired garden yourself reminiscent of a Regency or Georgian era. What a fanciful thought that plants that Austen admired can be obtained and grown either in a classic presentation, a few simple pots of garden herbs or her favorite flowering shrub the syringa placed by your front door to remind you everyday that looking upon verdure in the perfect refreshment.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Enter Jane Austens garden 30 April 2009
By Marie Arden Bensing - Published on Amazon.com
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Kim Wilson has done it again- created a window into Jane Austen's world this time thru the garden gate. Any Jane Austen addict will love this book and anyone traveling to England with an interest in Jane will love to step into those gardens she loved and visited.

I look forward to another book about another aspect of Jane's life from Ms. Wilson.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Stop and Smell the Roses with Jane Austen 15 May 2011
By Meredith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
(Note: This review is of the 2011 edition published by Frances Lincoln Limited, which is hard cover and includes seventy color photographs, twenty-five period drawings, and five garden plans.)

Kitchen gardens, extensive shrubberies, enchanting vistas, labyrinths, gothic seats, hermitages - wouldn't you just love to live in Jane Austen's time and have all these natural and picturesque settings
surround you? While I love the modern conveniences and freedoms of the twenty-first century, part of me longs to live in a time where a large portion of a family's food came from their backyard and walking in the garden was an almost daily activity. Spending most of her life in the country, Jane Austen was a great admirer of the outdoors and saw her fair share of beautiful and extensive gardens. Don't you wish you could do the same? Wouldn't you just love to go on a walking tour of English period gardens?

Well, if a trip to England or traveling back in time aren't viable options for you, I would suggest picking up In the Garden with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson. Reading the informative details and facts about different gardens and gazing at the sumptuous and verdant pictures is the next best thing to being there is person! Through these images and descriptions readers can travel to Chawton Cottage, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Stoneleigh Abbey, and various other scenic locations. The photographs are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but useful in displaying what the text is talking about. The large size and high quality of these photographs are perfect for seeing small details and flowers.

Similar to Tea with Jane Austen, Ms. Wilson organizes her book into five chapters that center on different types of gardens. Readers will observe the charms of cottage gardens, be awed by the splendor of mansion and manor house gardens, understand the limitations of city gardens, and explore the various public gardens and parks that Jane Austen visited. The last chapter, titled, "Re-creating Jane Austen's Garden," is a fantastic treat for those of you who desire to emulate the gardens of her time. As a beginner gardener myself, I was greatly inspired by all of these garden plans. After learning of Jane Austen's love for syringas (the flowers on the front cover) I greatly desire plant some in my garden!

I immensely enjoyed perusing In the Garden with Jane Austen and greatly appreciate Ms. Wilson's exhaustive and thorough research. I especially loved that she included gardens that Jane Austen visited and ones that were used in various screen adaptations. If I ever journey to England, this book will be a most instrumental reference! I highly recommend In the Garden with Jane Austen to anyone who has a love of nature and enjoys taking a turn in the garden.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
jane austen 24 Oct 2010
By Tamara Randi - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty little book (114 pages) about gardens around the homes of Jane Austen and gardens of the type she would have enjoyed. There are parts of family letters and other facts about her family in the book. Every page has excellent photos, drawings and addresses where you can find the gardens. Great treasure of a book. It would make a nice gift.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In the Garden with Jane Austen 20 Mar 2011
By Songbird - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be immensely entertaining and informative. Upon reading it I was inspired to research Jane Austen tours which would take me to many of the gardens showcased therein. Author Kim Wilson has delightfully combined winsome photography, pertinent information about the gardens of Jane Austen's day along with noteable excerpts from her novels as well as other relevant literature of the time period. In the Garden with Jane Austen makes for a most pleasing,leisurely read.
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