Beatrix Potter gave her readers glimpses of her gardens in the charming illustrations that accompanied her children’s books about Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and the like.
Now Marta McDowell rounds out the picture with her new book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales.
McDowell, a garden consultant and writer with an affinity for Potter’s work, introduces readers to the popular children’s author and the forces that shaped her love of gardening, art and storytelling. 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. One section of the book lists the plants Potter grew in her gardens and those she included in her books.
Historical and contemporary photos accompany the text, along with some of Potter’s whimsical illustrations.
Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is published by Timber Press and sells for $24.95 in hardcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge