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The Resource An author & a gardener : the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston, Allan R. Ruff

An author & a gardener : the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston, Allan R. Ruff

Label
An author & a gardener : the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston
Title
An author & a gardener
Title remainder
the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston
Statement of responsibility
Allan R. Ruff
Title variation
  • Author and a gardener
  • Gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In August 1937 a small group of Edith Wharton's intimate friends gathered to pay their last respects at her funeral in France. Among that small group of people was her friend for many years, Lawrence {u2018}Johnnie' Johnston, the creator of two famous gardens, at Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, in England and Serre de la Madone, Menton, on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France. Wharton and Johnston shared not only a love of nature and gardens but also a shared experience of life. Both were private people who had had very similar childhoods, experiencing the loss of their fathers at an early age. Yet there was one aspect of their lives in which they were very different. Wharton, the writer, chose to expose her innermost thoughts and feelings and was continually in the public eye. Johnston, however, wrote nothing about his gardens, hardly permitted photographs of himself or his gardens and, though he kept an engagement diary, these, with two exceptions, have not survived. As a result Johnston remains a shadowy figure upon whom light occasionally falls from within the diaries kept by Edith Wharton. Her diaries also provide an illuminating insight into both her gardens at St-Brice, and at Hyeres, in the south of France. Wharton was a passionate gardener - an aspect not yet fully explored in previous biographies - early in her life after she had made her first garden at The Mount, at Lenox, Massachusetts in the United States, she claimed she was a better landscape designer than novelist. As fellow gardeners, Edith and Johnnie spent many hours together visiting each other's gardens, staying as house guests, plant-collecting in the Haute Massif and travelling by car to nurseries and gardens throughout England and France. In this major new critical biography Allan Ruff has brought the two together, calling upon his lifetime's knowledge of landscape and garden design to assess the influences and techniques employed in the gardens of these two remarkable people, all set against a long-vanished, high-society background.--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruff, Allan R
Dewey number
813.5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3545.H16
LC item number
Z874 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Johnston, Lawrence Waterbury
  • Women authors, American
  • Hidcote Manor Garden (England)
  • Gardens
  • Gardeners
  • Johnston, Lawrence Waterbury
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Friendship
  • Landscape gardening
Label
An author & a gardener : the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston, Allan R. Ruff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The New York beginnings -- The arbiter of taste -- 'The Mount' and Italian gardens -- The making of a gardener -- The Cotswolds and the American diaspora -- Edith Wharton in England -- Making the garden at Hidcote -- The First World War -- Hidcote and friends -- Edith Wharton and her French gardens -- Johnston and the French Riviera -- Plants and plant collecting -- Lawrence Johnston: The Diary years 1929-1932 -- The final chapter -- Afterwards -- Conclusions and legacies
Control code
862103101
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 380 pages
Isbn
9781909686465
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862103101
Label
An author & a gardener : the gardens and friendship of Edith Wharton and Laurence Johnston, Allan R. Ruff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The New York beginnings -- The arbiter of taste -- 'The Mount' and Italian gardens -- The making of a gardener -- The Cotswolds and the American diaspora -- Edith Wharton in England -- Making the garden at Hidcote -- The First World War -- Hidcote and friends -- Edith Wharton and her French gardens -- Johnston and the French Riviera -- Plants and plant collecting -- Lawrence Johnston: The Diary years 1929-1932 -- The final chapter -- Afterwards -- Conclusions and legacies
Control code
862103101
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 380 pages
Isbn
9781909686465
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862103101

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