Start reading One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place [Kindle Edition]

Susan Haltom , Jane Roy Brown , Langdon Clay
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $35.00 What's this?
Print List Price: $35.00
Kindle Price: $19.49
You Save: $15.51 (44%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $19.49  
Hardcover $25.84  
Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Book Description

By the time she reached her late twenties, Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was launching a distinguished literary career. She was also becoming a capable gardener under the tutelage of her mother, Chestina Welty, who designed their modest garden in Jackson, Mississippi. From the beginning, Eudora wove images of southern flora and gardens into her writing, yet few outside her personal circle knew that the images were drawn directly from her passionate connection to and abiding knowledge of her own garden.

Near the end of her life, Welty still resided in her parents' house, but the garden-and the friends who remembered it-had all but vanished. When a local garden designer offered to help bring it back, Welty began remembering the flowers that had grown in what she called "my mother's garden." By the time Eudora died, that gardener, Susan Haltom, was leading a historic restoration. When Welty's private papers were released several years after her death, they confirmed that the writer had sought both inspiration and a creative outlet there. This book contains many previously unpublished writings, including literary passages and excerpts from Welty's private correspondence about the garden.

The authors of One Writer's Garden also draw connections between Welty's gardening and her writing. They show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty's mother's generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life: Progressive-era optimism, a rising middle class, prosperity, new technology, women's clubs, garden clubs, streetcar suburbs, civic beautification, conservation, plant introductions, and garden writing. The authors illustrate this garden's history--and the broader story of how American gardens evolved in the early twentieth century-with images from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogs, and advertisements, as well as unique historic photographs. Noted landscape photographer Langdon Clay captures the restored garden through the seasons.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

A rich exploration of the garden Welty tended with her mother and how that work affected her writing

About the Author

Susan Haltom, Ridgeland, Mississippi, is a garden designer and preservation and maintenance coordinator of the Eudora Welty garden. She has published in Mississippi Magazine, Mississippi Gardens, Old House Journal, and Magnolia, the journal of the Southern Garden History Society.

Jane Roy Brown, Conway, Massachusetts, is a freelance travel and garden writer with a focus on historic gardens and landscapes. She is also director of educational outreach for the Library of American Landscape History. She has published in Horticulture, Preservation, Garden Design, and the Boston Globe, and she serves as a contributing editor to Landscape Architecture.

Langdon Clay's photographs have been featured in such publications as Jefferson's Monticello by Howard Adams and From My Chateau Kitchen by Anne Willan. His art photography can be found in museums in Paris, London, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Jackson, Mississippi.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8788 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (September 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00771U654
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and illustrated! September 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating history, well illustrated with historic photos as well as images of the garden in its current, beautiful state. This volume deserves a place alongside "The Orchard: A Memoir" by Theresa Weir, on any bookshelf! The best garden book I have read in a long, long time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos, interesting angle on history September 14, 2011
Eudora Welty grew up in an era when gardens were taken seriously, seen as an escape from the increasingly busy world and thought to prevent nervous breakdowns, so it's not surprising that both Welty's fiction and letters are full of references to flowers. This gorgeous book is packed with color photographs of the garden Welty helped restore before her death in 2001, a garden that had originally been tended by her mother, but flowers are not the sole focus of One Writer's Garden. While tracing the role of gardening in the lives of Welty and her mother authors Haltom and Brown also deliver an interesting angle on the social history of the early 1900's. Women's garden clubs were flourishing then with greenery seen as the cure for all of society's ills. Even during the height of the depression garden clubs were still multiplying and their members were busy planting trees along city streets and flowers in gas stations. One Writer's Garden is full of fascinating anecdotes of a time when magenta was not well thought of because, being the color of arsenic used in pesticides, it represented pollution in the minds of the purist gardening club women. Planting magenta flowers was actively discouraged then, and Eudora Welty's mother preferred to avoid walking down streets with that color in its gardens.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coffee table book that deserves to be read October 6, 2011
This is a beautiful book,on fine paper with elegant typography and stunning color photographs, but it is more than a garden book and more than a coffee table book. It deserves to be read. The writing is as crisp and elegant as the book's design, and it is packed with interesting and often humorous detail about Eudora Welty's life and times, about gardening in the South in the early twentieth century, and about the influence of gardening on Welty's works. This would be a great present for anyone who loves the writings of Eudora Welty or who enjoys gardening. (Treat yourself, too.)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant book April 18, 2012
By gi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Looking back at it, I'm not sure what I expected of this book, but a little more than it delivered. Certainly more than its cover, format, and publicity suggest.

In it, the writers trace the creation and evolution of the Welty garden and put the design into the context of the early twentieth century. Using various resources, they suggest some of the meanings and values the garden had both for Eudora and her mother, Chestine Welty, who created it. The photographs are beautiful as well as ample, with most of the photographed plants identified properly. The writers also point out certain plants and descriptions of plants that appear both in Welty's fiction and personal writing.

Yet when I had finished this book, I found myself a little puzzled. I felt I had read through several different books--the history of a modest garden, the gardeners' attitude toward it and one another, the story of a possible love affair that did not work out, the role of gardens in the early 20th century, and lots more. I had no central insights into the uniqueness of the gardeners or the influence of the garden on the writer's work. The authors depended on chronology as an organizing device and at times seemed uncertain of their task. Was it to report the history of a garden? Or---as the title certainly suggests---was it to show a gardener's relationship to her garden and to suggest what that relationship revealed about her and finally her work? In a word, this book lacks focus.

The Welty garden is a simple garden, interesting primarily because it belonged to the writer Eudora Welty. Designed by her mother, then modified by her own interests in plants like camellias, it is finally modest, certainly by this day's gardening standards.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book December 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a marvelous book...a cross between a lush coffee table tome and a fascinating, historically accurate history of a century of american gardening....all centered on an iconic figure in southern literature. The story, and the writing, are worthy of Eudora Welty. Fascinating, charming, heart felt. A rare and wonderful book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! December 31, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You will not be disappointed by this beautiful book. The story of Eudora Welty is written so very well and the pictures are beautiful! I have bought 3 books for friends and one for myself. A wonderful addition to my library!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A writer's garden April 17, 2012
This beautiful book documents the history, decline and restoration of the garden at Eudora Welty's home in Jackson, Mississippi. The garden was actually created by Welty's mother, Chestina, and the book is about her as much as it is Eudora. Chestina was actively involved in garden clubs in the Jackson area. When the Welty's built their home in mid 1920s, Chestina was already a serious gardener and she read widely about gardening styles and practices of the day. Before the home was completed, she had already started designing the garden which was be composed of three garden rooms with areas for growing perennials (there was a large collection of daylilies), camellias and roses. Chestina kept a gardening journal and fairly detailed records which became valuable when the garden was restored in the 1990s. The book has interesting sidebars and sections with articles about gardening interests of the day ("What to Wear and Wield in the Garden", etc.) as well as photos, brochures and postcards from the era.

Eudora Welty lived her entire life with her mother and she came to love flowers and gardening with as much enthusiasm. The influence of gardening and flowers is shown in snippets from Welty's works and her letters to friends and other gardeners. Camellias and bulbs were her favorites and she was a lifelong subscriber to the Mississippi Market Bulletin, a publication where people sold and traded plants. She also corresponded with many garden writers including Elizabeth Lawrence, author of the influential "A Southern Garden". Welty was also interested in photography and many of her original photos of the garden are included. The vintage photos are accompanied by recent photos taken by Langdon Clay.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very well documented.
My cousin in law wrote this book so I am biased. However, she is a very good writter and the book gets great reviews. I admit that I mostly read computer books.
Published 11 days ago by RichCastillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic purchase experience and merchandise.
Published 6 months ago by Michael G. Langlois
5.0 out of 5 stars Did not disappoint
This is a lovely book in tribute to Ms. Welty herself and brings us into a part of her world. Loved it.
Published 15 months ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of One Writer's Garden
This book would make a good coffee table book as it is a most attractive book. It is well written and you remember the little facts about who did what in the garden. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Sybil N. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely to read
I bought this because I love Eudora Welty, and the idea of linking a garden to her name was sort of irresistible. Read more
Published on November 11, 2012 by Deborah Evenich
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful
This book is all and more than I expected. It is wonderful to have documented this garden as was done by Susan. I wish that more folks would do the same. It is a read for all.
Published on July 6, 2012 by FS
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book.
If you enjoy books written by Eudora Welty, you will enjoy this book about
her garden at her home in Mississippi.
Published on June 19, 2012 by Linda J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous, gorgeous book!
I repeat gorgeous because it refers both to the physical book--the thick, lush pages that have no show-through and beautiful photographs--and the content, the wonderful writing,... Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by ElaineB
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category