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Volume 1, Issue 2

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life Featured Book: Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
by Marta McDowell

Excerpt from a review by Plant Answer Line librarian Rebecca Alexander

Part biography, part garden photo essay, and part ventriloquist's act, Marta McDowell's Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life (Timber Press, 2013) provides a window into Potter’s world. If you have read her children's books, you will have a lasting impression of the charming adventures of rabbits, hedgehogs, kittens, and ducks but you may not think of Beatrix Potter as a botanical illustrator. I was surprised to discover that the highly accomplished sketch of foxglove and periwinkle on page 27 was made when she was only ten. The best feature of this book is the gathering together of selected drawings and watercolors of plants, fungi, and landscapes. Potter's natural history illustrations (particularly of mushrooms) are featured in Ambleside's Armitt museum.

Potter was also a certifiable plant addict, and was not averse to gathering cuttings and seeds in gardens not her own. Royalties from her publications enabled her to acquire property and land, so she ended up with several gardens in England's Lake District. Read the full review on our website.

Winter gardening questions? Remember our quick reference servicePlant Answer Line

Plant Answer Line provides quick answers to your gardening questions. Using the many resources found in the Miller Library and on the Internet, Plant Answer Line is tailored to the needs of Pacific Northwest gardeners.

Also try the Gardening Answers Knowledgebase, a searchable database of Plant Answer Line question/answer sets and recommended websites.

Call the Plant Answer Line at 206-897-5268 (206-UW-PLANT),
email or submit your question online.


New Books January 2014

MarrakeshGertrude Jekyll: her art restored at Upton GreySophie's SquashFiddleheads to Fir TreesIllustrated Encyclopedia of TreesMust-See Birds of the Pacific NorthwestGrowing a FeastThe Bulb BookAn Atlas of the World's Conifers

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