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  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; First Edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604693630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604693638
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.7 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Illustrated throughout with Potter s charming watercolors and historic photographs, this book is a delightful exploration of the landscape that inspired one of the world s great authors about as charming as a garden book can be. --David Bare "Winston Salem Journal ""

Rich with photographs and Potter s watercolors, this is destined to be a coffee table classic. --Jane Milliman "Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ""

Brings the reader into the life of the beloved author and illustrator chock-full of wonderful photographs of Potter and her gardens... a book to banish winter blues. --Georgeanne Davis "Rockland Free Press ""

This is not an historical novel with a plot, but neither is it a mere documentary of facts. It is the perfect blend of both. --Kylee Baumle "Horticulture Magazine Online ""

You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends... the book is a visual delight. --Anne Raver "The New York Times ""

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. --Mary Beth Breckenridge "Akron Beacon Journal ""

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."--Nara Schoenberg "Chicago Tribune ""

A volume rich with photographs and Potter's own enchanting sketches and watercolors. --Charlotte Albers "The American Gardener ""

"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."--Pat Leuchtman "The Greenfield Recorder "

"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."--Joyce H. Newman "Garden Variety News ""

One of the best books this year for the gardener on your holiday gift list a gem. --Kathy Purdy "Cold Climate Gardening ""

Illustrated on every page with scenes from Potter s life and her botanical illustrations If you love gardening, you will love this book. --Gloria Day "The Reading Eagle ""

In this visually charming book, McDowell takes us from her childhood summers in the country to her adult homes and gardens. --Cheryl B. Wilson "Shelf Awareness ""

A richly illustrated exploration of Beatrix Potter's evolution as an author-illustrator, gardener, sheep farmer and land preservationist. --Deborah Needleman "The Daily Hampshire Gazette ""

Potter springs to life from the pages of this fascinating and beautiful book. --David Bare "The New York Times Book Review ""

Stir your imagination a biography written through plants. --Jane Milliman "The Age (Melbourne, Australia) ""

McDowell traces the journey of Potter the gardener, which is inextricable linked to Potter the writer... A fascinating insight into how Potter's writing and passion for plants (she experimented with a wide variety of species and was a prodigious propagator) fed each other."--Georgeanne Davis "The Carroll County Community Times ""

Gardening lovers and children's literature lovers alike will find beauty in these pages of photographs and stories about Beatrix Potter and her characters and flowers."--Kylee Baumle "Winston Salem Journal ""

"You will be charmed by this book."

Stir your imagination a biography written through plants. "The New York Times Book Review" With wit and expertise, McDowell highlights the stamp of Potter s horticultural know-how on her indelible books and chronicles a year in her exuberant gardens to create a visually exciting, pleasurably informative appreciation of Potter s devotion to art and nature. "Booklist" A loving portrait. "Better Homes & Gardens" You will be charmed by this book. "Gardens Illustrated" A richly illustrated exploration of Beatrix Potter s evolution as an author-illustrator, gardener, sheep farmer and land preservationist. " Shelf Awareness" In her new book, "Beatrix Potter s Gardening Life," Marta McDowell expands our knowledge of Miss Potter horticultural expertise and background, explaining what she grew and where. There are photographs here that I have never seen before of Beatrix and her gardens, and delicious watercolors of rose hips and violets, clematis and honeysuckle, snapdragons and waterlilies with and without rabbits, frogs and guileless ducks. Alan Titchmarsh for "The Telegraph" A volume rich with photographs and Potter s own enchanting sketches and watercolors. "The Chicago Tribune" 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. "The American Gardener" This is not an historical novel with a plot, but neither is it a mere documentary of facts. It is the perfect blend of both. "Alaska Airlines Magazine" You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends...McDowell s well-researched book (including plant lists) is nearly as good as a visit to the farm. From a watercolor of Jemima Puddle-duck hiding from a fox among the foxgloves, to sepia photos of Potter strolling the garden paths on a frosty morning, the book is a visual delight. "The Seattle Times" "

Stir your imagination. . . . a biography written through plants. The New York Times Book Review

With wit and expertise, McDowell highlights the stamp of Potter s horticultural know-how on her indelible books and chronicles a year in her exuberant gardens to create a visually exciting, pleasurably informative appreciation of Potter s devotion to art and nature. Booklist

A loving portrait. Better Homes andGardens

You will be charmed by this book. Gardens Illustrated

A richly illustrated exploration of Beatrix Potter s evolution as an author-illustrator, gardener, sheep farmer and land preservationist. Shelf Awareness

In her new book, Beatrix Potter s Gardening Life, Marta McDowell expands our knowledge of Miss Potter horticultural expertise and background, explaining what she grew and where. There are photographs here that I have never seen before of Beatrix and her gardens, and delicious watercolors of rose hips and violets, clematis and honeysuckle, snapdragons and waterlilies with and without rabbits, frogs and guileless ducks. The Telegraph

A volume rich with photographs and Potter s own enchanting sketches and watercolors. The Chicago Tribune

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. American Gardener

McDowell s book is beautiful in every way. The fascinating narrative is liberally illustrated with both photographs and Potter s original artwork, which includes botanical prints and paintings of gardens in addition to her iconic collection of children s illustrations. Cape Codder

This is not an historical novel with a plot, but neither is it a mere documentary of facts. It is the perfect blend of both. Alaska Airlines Magazine

You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends. . . . McDowell s well-researched book (including plant lists) is nearly as good as a visit to the farm. From a watercolor of Jemima Puddle-duck hiding from a fox among the foxgloves, to sepia photos of Potter strolling the garden paths on a frosty morning, the book is a visual delight. The Seattle Times "

"Stir your imagination. . . . a biography written through plants." --The New York Times Book Review

"With wit and expertise, McDowell highlights the stamp of Potter's horticultural know-how on her indelible books and chronicles a year in her exuberant gardens to create a visually exciting, pleasurably informative appreciation of Potter's devotion to art and nature." --Booklist

"A loving portrait." --Better Homes and Gardens

"You will be charmed by this book." --Gardens Illustrated

"A richly illustrated exploration of Beatrix Potter's evolution as an author-illustrator, gardener, sheep farmer and land preservationist." --Shelf Awareness

"In her new book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, Marta McDowell expands our knowledge of Miss Potter horticultural expertise and background, explaining what she grew and where. There are photographs here that I have never seen before of Beatrix and her gardens, and delicious watercolors of rose hips and violets, clematis and honeysuckle, snapdragons and waterlilies--with and without rabbits, frogs and guileless ducks." --The Telegraph

"A volume rich with photographs and Potter's own enchanting sketches and watercolors." --The Chicago Tribune

"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." --American Gardener

"McDowell's book is beautiful in every way. The fascinating narrative is liberally illustrated with both photographs and Potter's original artwork, which includes botanical prints and paintings of gardens in addition to her iconic collection of children's illustrations." --Cape Codder

"This is not an historical novel with a plot, but neither is it a mere documentary of facts. It is the perfect blend of both." --Alaska Airlines Magazine

"You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends. . . . McDowell's well-researched book (including plant lists) is nearly as good as a visit to the farm. From a watercolor of Jemima Puddle-duck hiding from a fox among the foxgloves, to sepia photos of Potter strolling the garden paths on a frosty morning, the book is a visual delight." --The Seattle Times

-Stir your imagination. . . . a biography written through plants.- --The New York Times Book Review

-With wit and expertise, McDowell highlights the stamp of Potter's horticultural know-how on her indelible books and chronicles a year in her exuberant gardens to create a visually exciting, pleasurably informative appreciation of Potter's devotion to art and nature.- --Booklist

-A loving portrait.- --Better Homes and Gardens

-You will be charmed by this book.- --Gardens Illustrated

-A richly illustrated exploration of Beatrix Potter's evolution as an author-illustrator, gardener, sheep farmer and land preservationist.- --Shelf Awareness

-In her new book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, Marta McDowell expands our knowledge of Miss Potter horticultural expertise and background, explaining what she grew and where. There are photographs here that I have never seen before of Beatrix and her gardens, and delicious watercolors of rose hips and violets, clematis and honeysuckle, snapdragons and waterlilies--with and without rabbits, frogs and guileless ducks.- --The Telegraph

-A volume rich with photographs and Potter's own enchanting sketches and watercolors.- --The Chicago Tribune

-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.- --American Gardener

-McDowell's book is beautiful in every way. The fascinating narrative is liberally illustrated with both photographs and Potter's original artwork, which includes botanical prints and paintings of gardens in addition to her iconic collection of children's illustrations.- --Cape Codder

-This is not an historical novel with a plot, but neither is it a mere documentary of facts. It is the perfect blend of both.- --Alaska Airlines Magazine

-You may well want to buy a copy to keep and several to give friends. . . . McDowell's well-researched book (including plant lists) is nearly as good as a visit to the farm. From a watercolor of Jemima Puddle-duck hiding from a fox among the foxgloves, to sepia photos of Potter strolling the garden paths on a frosty morning, the book is a visual delight.- --The Seattle Times

From the Back Cover

"Yes I have lots of flowers, I am very fond of my garden, it is a regular old fashioned farm garden, with a box hedge round the flower bed, and moss roses and pansies and black currants and strawberries and peas. . . . I have tall white bell flowers I am fond of. . . . next there will be phlox; and last come the michaelmas daisies and chrysanthemums. Then soon after Christmas we have snowdrops, they grow wild and come up all over the garden and orchard, and in some of the woods." --Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's 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. 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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Anyone interested in gardening, biography, and the creative process will find this book enchanting. Potter was far more than just the creator of Peter Cottontail and Mr. McGregor; she was a watercolorist, a farmer, an enchanting personality. This elegant book's carefully researched text, accompanied by period photographs, Potter illustrations, and recent photographs, captures Potter's wide-ranging interests. The book shows us a complex and accomplished woman.
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Bought as a pressie, recipient was very happy. Lovely book, split into two parts about her stories and their inspiration from her garden and then her garden itself. Delivery was very quick.
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A fascinating journey through Beatrix Potter's life and all the other amazing things she achieved in addition to writing her delightful books. Wonderful book!
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Bought this book for somebody who is a fan of Beatrix Potter and an enthusiastic gardener themselves. They loved this book! Full of lovely pictures as well as reading.
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This well written and beautifully illustrated book is a must for keen gardeners, and avid Beatrix Potter followers! It compliments other works about Beatrix Potter, and I found adds a different dimension and understanding of her life. A thoroughly enjoyable read which I recommend.
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Beautifully written and illustrated! A lovely read, especially if you have visited Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's cottage in the Lake District.
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The book is a Christmas present for my wife so haven't read it myself. She is a keen gardener so the combination of Potter and the flowers in her stories was irresistible Delivery was as promised adnthe book was well packaged.
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