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3 gift ideas for the reflective gardener

December 11, 2017

Some gardeners aren’t content to hibernate like bulbs in winter, they must continue to grow, even in the snowy season. These gardeners are easy to spot: their kitchen table becomes littered with seed catalogs almost as soon as the turkey is gone and their holiday wish-list contains things like knee pads and hose extensions. They […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life [Excerpt]

January 23, 2014

Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, tells us, “Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise.” She was forty years old before she had her first season as a gardener. Her interest in the natural world, however, began long before that. In the following excerpt, learn about the beginnings of what proved to be […]

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An interview with author Marta McDowell of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

January 15, 2014

Beatrix Potter was an author, businesswoman, and conservationist. She was also a gardener. This part of her life, often a direct inspiration for her work, has been neglected by historians. Until now. Author Marta McDowell shares here some of what she discovered while writing Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, a book Deborah Needleman calls “a biography […]

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