In the Garden with Jane Austen

In the Garden with Jane Austen

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By (author) Kim Wilson, Foreword by Celia Simpson

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 216mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071122594X
  • ISBN 13: 9780711225947
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 70 colour photos, 25 period drawings and 5 plans
  • Sales rank: 77,521

Product description

Jane Austen loved a garden. She took a keen interest in flower gardening and kitchen gardening alike. This book strolls through the sorts of gardens that Jane Austen would have known and visited: the gardens of the great estates, cottage gardens, gardens in town, and public gardens and parks. Some of the gardens she owned or knew exist still in some form today; among the gardens highlighted is the restored garden at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England, complete with a sample planting plan of the flowers grown there now. The book also includes touring information for gardens featured in film adaptations of the novels. With lush photos, social history, excerpts from the novels, information on her life, and period drawings, this book brings Georgian and Regency gardens and Jane Austen's world to life. In the Garden with Jane Austen captures the essence and beauty of the traditional English garden. As the heroine of Mansfield Park Fanny Price observes, "To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment."

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Author information

KIM WILSON is a writer, editor, and gardener who lives in Wisconsin and is a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of Tea with Jane Austen, described by Booklist as 'perfect for Austen-reading book clubs' and In the Garden with Jane Austen, described by House and Garden as 'a charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment'. CELIA SIMPSON is Head Gardener at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire.

Review quote

Praise for Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson "Perfect for Austen-reading book clubs." -Booklist "Tea, social history, and English author Jane Austen-Kim Wilson's delicious little book will instruct and amuse fans of any or all three... Highly recommended." -Tea: A Magazine "In this delightful book Kim Wilson ... has assembled a collection of anecdotes, quotations, verses and recipes, charmingly illustrated." -Jane Austen's Regency World This gorgeous book reflects on Jane Austen's interest in kitchen and flower gardening which is documented in her letters and in her novels. With gorgeous photographs the author gives instruction on how to create your own Georgian or Regency garden and is full of fascinating nuggets of information about early cottage and rectory gardens and the plants used in them. RHS Ireland Journal A book to delight garden lovers and fans of Jane Austen alike. Woman Alive This lovely A5 size book invites you to take a peak at the types of gardens and plantings that were her inspiration. Amateur Gardening A charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment, expounding on the references to gardens in the Austen novels, and discussing the sort of outdoor scenes Jane would have known... A pretty book which would make a delightful gift. House & Garden This book is only 114 pages long, but Kim Wilson has been skilled in her selection of gardens and it would be valuable to a garden historian, a lover of Jane Austen and anyone who likes a lovely book. Hampshire Gardens Trust magazine Ms Wilson has had great fun with her own tour, performing the stations of sensibility wherever Jane Austen or her characters, according to film producers' choice, chanced to turn their eye; she even gives telephone numbers so that we too may follow suit. The excellent photographs will certainly encourage. Jane Austen Society Newsletter A thoroughly comprehensive and diverting book. Limited Edition, South Worcestershire & Cotswolds Both books are beautifully produced and make an attractive pair for lovers of Jane Austen, filling in all-important background details to the novels. Good Book Guide

Table of contents

Contents Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 - 'Oh! what a sweet little cottage' - Cottage Gardens Chapter 2 - 'From every window there were beauties to be seen' - Mansion and Manor House Gardens Chapter 3 - 'The Garden is best in the Town' - City Gardens Chapter 4 - 'Into the Labyrinth every day' - Public Gardens and Parks Chapter 5 - 'I could not do without a Syringa' - Re-creating Jane Austen's Garden Gardens Features in Jane Austen Screen Adaptations Bibliography Index