I’m getting ready to find out more about the writer Eudora Welty by reading One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place by Susan Haltom, Jane Roy Brown, and Langdon Clay (University Press of Mississippi, 2011)
Then I’m going to find out all about the poet Emily Dickinson when I read Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and a Gardener by Marta McDowell (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
After I’ve become better acquainted with Miss Dickinson through her gardens, I’ll head across the ocean to meet Beatrix Potter and her gardens when I get my hands on Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Tales: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales by Marta McDowell (Timber Press, 2013).
Then I might as well stay in England, figuratively, and dive into the life of Winston Churchill by reading Churchill and Chartwell: The Untold Story of Churchill’s Houses and Gardens by Stefan Buczacki (Francis Lincoln, 2007).
Detecting a theme here?
I’m down in a rabbit hole looking for the stories of writers, politicians, anyone, as told by their gardens. Gardens do tell us a lot about people, don’t they?
I’m not looking for stories that anyone wrote about their own gardens. I’m looking for stories about their gardens that tell us more about who they really were.
I’m sure there are more books like this. Do you know of any?