The Well-Tended Life

EPISODE 36 :What You Sow, Will Grow

April 26, 2023 Keri Wilt Season 2 Episode 36
The Well-Tended Life
EPISODE 36 :What You Sow, Will Grow
Show Notes

Today’s episode includes an afterword I wrote for this beautiful book:
“Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants & Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett” by Marta McDowell

About the book from the publisher:
For over a century, gardeners have been drawn into the story of Mary, Dickon, Colin, and the garden inside the locked door at Misselthwaite Manor.  Frances Hodgson Burnett was an unlikely garden writer, particularly for inspiring children, as she did not cultivate any substantial bit of earth until she was on the doorstep of her fiftieth birthday. Her output of juvenile fiction was small in comparison to her otherwise prodigious body of work. 

This book looks at the inspiration for The Secret Garden and explores Frances Hodgson Burnett's passion for flower gardening before, during, and after publication of The Secret Garden in 1910. It focuses on the three gardens she planted in England, America, and Bermuda. 

Richly illustrated with artwork from many editions of The Secret Garden along with historical images and new photographs of an prolific, intriguing author. Burnett’s other garden-related writings—at least those that I have discovered so far—make up a section entitled “Outside The Secret Garden.”


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