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"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
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Kim Wilson is a writer, editor, gardening enthusiast, and longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of Tea with Jane Austen and lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Celia Simpson was the head gardener at Jane Austen's house.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jones Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097904751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979047510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." Fanny Price, Mansfield Park, Chapter 9

It seems quite fitting that a quote from Jane Austen's character Fanny Price, who is an astute observer of natural beauty, should open this book with such a succinct statement expressing her delight in being planted on the bench in Sotherton's parkland to enjoy the serene beauty of the green landscape around her. Verdure is not a word that one runs across very often in contemporary writing but we should, because it vividly describes a scene and sensations in one word. It is no leap of the imagination that Fanny's creator Jane Austen gave her such sentiments, for Jane dearly loved nature herself and included references to it and gardening in her novels and letters.

Author Kim Wilson must be a Fanny Price too, sensitive and observant to natures beauty as her new book In the Garden With Jane Austen is a verdurous delight, introducing us to Austen's affinity to nature through the gardens she would have experienced in her own homes, family members and public gardens of Georgian and Regency England. This beautiful little volume is packed full of quotes from her novels and letters referencing her characters experiences in the garden and her own love of garden cultivation. It has always appeared to me that some of the best plot development in her novels happened while her characters were walking and I am reminded that her heroine's Elizabeth Bennet, Catherine Morland, and Emma Woodhouse were all proposed to in a garden or on a woodland path. Hmm? Should we take a clue from this ladies and get your men outside?

Ms.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marie Arden Bensing on April 30, 2009
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Kim Wilson has done it again- created a window into Jane Austen's world this time thru the garden gate. Any Jane Austen addict will love this book and anyone traveling to England with an interest in Jane will love to step into those gardens she loved and visited.

I look forward to another book about another aspect of Jane's life from Ms. Wilson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on May 14, 2011
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(Note: This review is of the 2011 edition published by Frances Lincoln Limited, which is hard cover and includes seventy color photographs, twenty-five period drawings, and five garden plans.)

Kitchen gardens, extensive shrubberies, enchanting vistas, labyrinths, gothic seats, hermitages - wouldn't you just love to live in Jane Austen's time and have all these natural and picturesque settings
surround you? While I love the modern conveniences and freedoms of the twenty-first century, part of me longs to live in a time where a large portion of a family's food came from their backyard and walking in the garden was an almost daily activity. Spending most of her life in the country, Jane Austen was a great admirer of the outdoors and saw her fair share of beautiful and extensive gardens. Don't you wish you could do the same? Wouldn't you just love to go on a walking tour of English period gardens?

Well, if a trip to England or traveling back in time aren't viable options for you, I would suggest picking up In the Garden with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson. Reading the informative details and facts about different gardens and gazing at the sumptuous and verdant pictures is the next best thing to being there is person! Through these images and descriptions readers can travel to Chawton Cottage, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Stoneleigh Abbey, and various other scenic locations. The photographs are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but useful in displaying what the text is talking about. The large size and high quality of these photographs are perfect for seeing small details and flowers.

Similar to Tea with Jane Austen, Ms. Wilson organizes her book into five chapters that center on different types of gardens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Randi on October 23, 2010
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Pretty little book (114 pages) about gardens around the homes of Jane Austen and gardens of the type she would have enjoyed. There are parts of family letters and other facts about her family in the book. Every page has excellent photos, drawings and addresses where you can find the gardens. Great treasure of a book. It would make a nice gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Songbird on March 19, 2011
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I found this book to be immensely entertaining and informative. Upon reading it I was inspired to research Jane Austen tours which would take me to many of the gardens showcased therein. Author Kim Wilson has delightfully combined winsome photography, pertinent information about the gardens of Jane Austen's day along with noteable excerpts from her novels as well as other relevant literature of the time period. In the Garden with Jane Austen makes for a most pleasing,leisurely read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve on April 30, 2012
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After reading several of Austen's works, I was looking forward to reading more about the environment she and her characters lived in. This book only partly meets this goal. If you are looking for vibrant and colorful photos of gardens/flowers, then this is the book for you- the book is packed with photos- though it is almost to the book's detriment. There are so many pictures, sidebars and the sort, that the text feels almost tacked on, despite how informative it may be. Even then, there didn't seem to be much there and the book was more of a general survey than anything detailed. The book doesn't pretend to be a in-depth scholarly work so I can't fault it there and it would indeed make a great gift for any Austen fan.
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