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One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place Hardcover – September 8, 2011
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About the Author
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.
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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 ›
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 ›
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Just a beautiful book. I've read some of her writing and didn't realize that she was a gardener. Very interesting book for those who enjoy gardening & reading.Published 2 months ago by B. Faughnan Mehrhof
Beautiful hardcover book that is not only about Welty's garden, but her life. Lots of text in this one, and I found it very interesting reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tea&BookLover
A gardener will appreciate how the plants and memories make this particular book a wonderful experience.Published 15 months ago by Linda Hattaway
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 18 months ago by Richard Castillo
This is a lovely book in tribute to Ms. Welty herself and brings us into a part of her world. Loved it.Published on October 31, 2013 by Mo
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 morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Sybil N. Phillips
I bought this because I love Eudora Welty, and the idea of linking a garden to her name was sort of irresistible. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Deborah Evenich