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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" "


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 & 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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HASH(0x91b91db0) von 5 Sternen Exquisite book about Potter's Gardens! 13. November 2013
Von Leslie Readit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A Review of "Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life"
The plants and places that inspired the classic children's tales
By Marta McDowell

Only rarely in a reader's life will a book come along a book that is so perfectly suited for the reader's character that it brings out the schoolgirl in her and perhaps a squeal of delight and a series of silly, wistful sighs.
Reader, that is what Marta McDowell's latest book has done for me. I admit I didn't exactly love her book on Emily's Dickinson's garden but perhaps it was just my lack of enthusiasm for Dickinson herself that underwhelmed me. What a contrast is this treasure before me now. Shall I tell you all the things I love about it?
The cover is what delights the eyes at once. Part of the wonder of Beatrix Potter was that she was an amazingly accomplished artist, even from a young age. The cover is beautiful and includes a watercolor of a sweet garden gate, another of a handful of adorable little guinea pigs busy at their vegetable patch (both done by Potter, of course) and a wonderful old black and white photograph of Potter herself looking young and radiant with a posy under her nose. The colors are charming in the way that all her watercolors are.
Of course that sent me, with schoolgirl squeals, diving into the book where I was happy to discover a most generous selection of photographs and examples of her art; watercolors, sketches and even maps of the places important in her life.
The book is organized into three main parts. The first is about her life in general and all the people and places that influenced her work and her gardening. The photographs of these people and places are the best collection of such that I've seen.
The second part is about "The Year in Beatrix Potter's Garden". Here McDowell explores the day to day gardening life of Potter through each of the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall. She really is gifted writer. Here's an example of what could have been just a simple intro to the bit about winter. See for yourself how skillfully she takes the reader to Sawrey in winter. "Winter perches on Sawrey like a large black bird. The nights draw out into the darkness of the north, cut by glow of lamplight and the smell of fireplaces burning wood and coal in the village cottages. It is the selvedge of the year." See what I mean? The book if full of bits like that. So pretty.
The third part, "Visiting Beatrix Potter's Gardens" left me delighted and deeply, deeply envious of McDowell, who has tromped all over England to write this book. One thing I've liked about reading since I first picked up the habit is that it can take you anywhere in the world you care to go for the trouble of opening a book. After reading this section, I feel like I, too, have tromped `round the lake district and seen the green gate of Hilltop Farm. I have believe I was there in another life or in a dream.
Just when you think the charming journey into the life of dear Beatrix Potter is over, you find one final gem at the back of the book. Something those of us who garden and also love our favorite writers like sisters will pounce upon with glee, and perhaps another squeal. It is a lovely list of Potter's plants. But not just any old list. No! It includes each plant's common name, botanical name, type of plant (shrub, perennial, etc) and the primary source from where she found it (which exact letter written by or to Potter where it was mentioned). I know. You're in raptures. But I'm not done. Next there's a chart/list of plants in her books. It includes what book, date, common and botanical names, and whether the reference was text or artwork. Squeal! I do apologize to non-gardening readers, you probably don't understand the pleasure to be found when traipsing through ones' own garden and pointing out to a friend and saying, "Look there. That's a variegated geranium I planted after reading that Beatrix Potter book. It's just like the one on page 20 of The Fairy Caravan." Sigh. The rest of the book is a fancy index and lists of books for further reading.
It's a lovely book, sure to delight the following: children's literature fans, children's lit illustrators fans, gardening enthusiasts and Anglophiles. Sigh, I am all of the above. Thanks to Ms McDowell for sending this lovely autographed copy of what has become one of the great treasures of my library.
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HASH(0x91bb1ad4) von 5 Sternen The Tale of Mrs. Heelis----A Splendid Story of Beatrix Potter and Her Many Gardens 16. November 2013
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Marta McDowell's "Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life" is almost sure to delight all who lovingly remember the stories of Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck which readied us for meeting Mole, Water Rat, Toad, and Badger. Even better, if these admirers of Beatrix Potter are slightly mad about gardens and wander in their dreams among the dreaming spires of English foxgloves & delphiniums. (In this review, as in McDowell's book, Beatrix Potter is sometimes referred to as Beatrix, sometimes as Beatrix Potter, and after her marriage, sometimes as Mrs. Heelis. Hopefully, this won't be confusing.)

This richly created book offers on almost every page superbly reproduced water colors of landscapes, plants, and the small creatures of hedgerow and streams, or photographs of the more than 10 homes in which Beatrix lived and gardened. No one, not even Durer, has drawn bunnies like Beatrix Potter, bunnies with the softest fur, and on p. 106, the roundest tummies, as six lie together sleeping off the soporific effects of a lettuce orgy.

Part One of this three part tale describes Beatix Potter's life in McDowell's framework of a plant: germination, offshoots, flowering, roots, ripening, and setting seed (140 pages bursting with the child's precociously talented paintings through her final flowering as a conservationist who wills 4,000 acres of Lake District lands to the National Trust).

Beatrix was the only daughter of second generation wealth. To her supremely status-conscious parents, almost no one was good enough for her company or her love, making her early life lonely. She turned to drawing & botanical research. But a scientific society rejected her exquisite portfolio of mushroom paintings & original studies of spore germination, turning her forever away from formal scientific work. We share her sorrow at her first betrothed's sudden death and we cheer for her eventual declaration of independence in marrying a second suitor, Mr. William Heelis of Sawrey in the Lake district, with whom she shared 33 years.

Part Two has the happy format of classics on gardening: following a year in Beatrix Potter's gardens. The wealthy Potters had summer, winter and spring abodes & Beatrix planted where she bloomed. Here, McDowell relies on Beatrix's letters and diaries as well as her own professional knowledge to tell what Mrs. Heelis & her Willie were seeing, planting, harvesting----and she uses the Tales & their paintings to show how closely Potter intertwined her plants and the poetry of her stories. For instance, the plants surrounding that devious ginger-whiskered fellow, Mr. Tod, are foxgloves. Peter's iconic radish picture is so precise, we can plant seeds of the same fine nibble. The writing in this section is enchanting: for instance, "Poppies unfurl their buds like butterflies from cocoons." (p 127). That's McDowell, not Potter.

The third major section is to me, most magical. Mc Dowell followed the path of Potter, visiting each place she once lived or visited. The result is both a travel guide and history. Photographs and paintings of Beatrix's gardens in her time are shown next to pictures and descriptions of what remains now. This is written as informally as letters home, with details on roads to take, car parks (or not), inns, B&Bs, as well as the gardens themselves.

As with all gardens, even those as lovingly maintained as Sackville-West's Sissinghurst, much is changed. McDowell writes of Hill Top Farm, Beatrix's first "all hers" home place:

"As you look at the garden and its swath of flowers, [you must] realize that few of [Beatrix's] actual plants...are still growing in the garden. The trick to preservation gardening is to keep the garden looking more or less as it did in her day, while dealing with the inexorable fact that plants grow, spread, and sooner or later die."

So do we all, but in this book, the landscapes of Jeremy Fisher and of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail live again, as does that remarkable artist, gardener, and woman, Beatrix Potter.

For gardeners, this book is enhanced by lists of plants Beatrix Potter grew in her farms and showed in her books (splendid idea!). In "The Tale to Tom Kitten," for instance, 18 plants are painted in loving detail, from Japanese anemones to water lilies.

Any reader alerts? This is a gardening biography, not a comprehensive analysis of Potter's tales & writing, not an in-depth analysis of her life and art, and definitely not a guide for gardeners on design & planting. McDowell gives generous and extensive recommendations for in-depth reading on all these points, together with a good index and a comprehensive bibliography of Potter's books. It is rather something magical, the tale of how a great talent unfolded against the odds, and was realized in earthly gardens and in the numinous landscapes of her stories.

If this appeals to your child, reader, artist, and the gardener within----highly, very highly recommended. It is a unique, beautiful, and altogether lovely book.
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HASH(0x91827018) von 5 Sternen Great read about a different Potter. 6. Dezember 2013
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Beautifully captured story of a quiet, creative genius that through a medium of gardening and wildlife and botany study found her calling. Beatrix Potter was a writer, painter and gardener who lived an admirable life and left a legacy worth emulating. McDowell respected Potter's uniqueness, quirks and gathered together stories, photos and watercolors that leaves us understanding more about her than ever before. I am sure that others have written accounts of Potter that should be read; however, I am so glad that I came across this particular biography by this particular author and I am sure that Beatrix Potter would have approved of how her life was approached.
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HASH(0x9182bd08) von 5 Sternen This is not a children's book! 13. November 2013
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What a wonderful book written from such an interesting perspective. Or, maybe I should say the chapter titles aren't what they appear to be. Such a delightful book to look at the illustrations while reading the eminently readable story of Beatrix Potter.
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HASH(0x91baff30) von 5 Sternen What a lovely book! 15. März 2014
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A friend of mine bought this book at a museum of art and showed it to me. I just loved it, so I ordered it on Amazon.com. What an endearing, well illustrated lovely book (would make a great gift) for anyone who grew up with Potter's beautiful stories or any gardener who wants a delightful read about Potter's private gardening life.
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