Jane Austen loved a garden. She took a keen interest in flower gardening and kitchen gardening alike. This book strolls through the sorts of gardens that Jane Austen would have known and visited: the gardens of the great estates, cottage gardens, gardens in town, and public gardens and parks. Some of the gardens she owned or knew exist still in some form today; among the gardens highlighted is the restored garden at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, England, complete with a sample planting plan of the flowers grown there now. The book also includes touring information for gardens featured in film adaptations of the novels.
With lush photos, social history, excerpts from the novels, information on her life, and period drawings, this book brings Georgian and Regency gardens and Jane Austen’s world to life. In the Garden with Jane Austen captures the essence and beauty of the traditional English garden. As the heroine of Mansfield Park Fanny Price observes, “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.”
KIM WILSON is a writer, editor, and gardener who lives in Wisconsin and is a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of Tea with Jane Austen, described by Booklist as 'perfect for Austen-reading book clubs' and In the Garden with Jane Austen, described by House and Garden as 'a charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment'.
CELIA SIMPSON is Head Gardener at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire.
Chapter 1 - 'Oh! what a sweet little cottage' - Cottage Gardens
Chapter 2 - 'From every window there were beauties to be seen' - Mansion and Manor House Gardens
Chapter 3 - 'The Garden is best in the Town' - City Gardens
Chapter 4 - 'Into the Labyrinth every day' - Public Gardens and Parks
Chapter 5 - 'I could not do without a Syringa' - Re-creating Jane Austen's Garden
Gardens Features in Jane Austen Screen Adaptations
Praise for Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
“Perfect for Austen-reading book clubs.”
“Tea, social history, and English author Jane Austen—Kim Wilson’s delicious little
book will instruct and amuse fans of any or all three. . . . Highly recommended.”
—Tea: A Magazine
“In this delightful book Kim Wilson . . . has assembled a collection of anecdotes,
quotations, verses and recipes, charmingly illustrated.” —Jane Austen’s Regency World