Synopses & Reviews
In her introduction to this new edition, the gardener, writer, illustrator, and craftsperson Tasha Tudor explores the space Celia Thaxter made for herself on one of the Isles of Shoals and the place her gentle, commonsense journal has held in the hearts of gardeners and artists for over a hundred years.
A popular poet in her day, Thaxter is best remembered for AN ISLAND GARDEN, originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1894. The book chronicles a year in the life of Thaxterand#8217;s garden on the island her father had purchased in 1848 and renamed Appledore Island. The hotel he built there was among New Englandand#8217;s first offshore summer resorts and attracted writers, musicians, and artists, including the American Impressionist Childe Hassam, whose beautiful paintings of Thaxterand#8217;s house and garden are reproduced in this book. Considered one of the most delightful examples of horticultural writing, AN ISLAND GARDEN has served as an inspiration for essayists and gardeners alike since its first publication.
A slipcased fascimile edition of a gardening classic, illustrated with the original paintings by Childe Hassam
Houghton Mifflin originally published this classic, written by a New England poet and illustrated by one of America's greatest impressionist painters, in 1894. Seven years ago, a slipcased facsimile gift edition introduced a new generation of readers to this American classic. Thaxter spent much of her life on the rocky, windy Isles of Shoals, off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her cottage was a salon for literary and artistic New Englanders, and her garden (which has recently been restored) was famous even before Childe Hassam chose it as a subject. In this book, Thaxter describes how she made a garden grow in this unlikely spot, despite having to ferry seedlings in a small boat across ten miles of stormy seas. All of Childe Hassam's paintings and chapter illuminations are retained in this paperback edition. And new readers will fall in love with Celia Thaxter's wonderfully readable text.
About the Author
About the time the facsimile edition was first published, Celia Thaxter's garden was restored by volunteers according to the plans noted in this book. It is open to visitors through arrangements with Cornell University's marine laboratory on nearby Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.