123rd out of 265 books — 88 voters
Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters
A legendary editor at The New Yorker during its first thirty-four years, Katharine S. White was also a great garden enthusiast. In March 1958 she began publishing her popular column, "Onward and Upward in the Garden." Her first column elicited loads of fan mail, but one letter in particular caught her attention. From Elizabeth Lawrence, a noted southern garden writer, it w...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by Beacon Press
(first published 2002)
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A book arrived yesterday that made me giddy. Scott saw me squealing over it and wanted to know what all the excitement was about. I tried to think how best to explain it to him.
“Okay, imagine that John Lennon and Elvis Presley were pen-pals. Say they had a lively correspondence, letters flying back and forth for years and years. Now imagine that this book is a collection of those letters.”
He raised his eyebrows. “Who are they really?”
I sighed happily. “Katharine White and Elizabeth Lawrence.”
Sep 13, 2011 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: flower gardeners, people who like to read about friendships, memoir readers
Recommended to Judy by: Anne Reach
This book invites gardeners and memoir-lovers alike to stretch out on a hammock and read away. Elizabeth Lawrence, a garden writer for the Charlotte (NC) Observer, dropped a note in the mail to Katharine White, the author of a garden column in the New Yorker. When Katharine responded cordially to Elizabeth, a correspondence and friendship blossomed and grew. The content of the letters evidences the respect and reliance on each other's advice and opinions whether it be about their gardens, writin...more
This book of letters between two fascinating and intelligent women is a book I discovered while reading Onward and Upward In the Garden , a series of gardening reviews by Katharine White published in the New Yorker magazine starting in the late 1950's. As a result of the first article in the series, she began a correspondnace with garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence of North Carolina. Katharine White was the wife of EB White and a famed editor in her own right at the New Yorker for most of her life...more
Elizabeth first wrote to Katharine in 1958 when they were 50+ and 60+ years old. That started a 20-year letter correspondence between two busy writers (Katharine an editor for "The New Yorker" with a farm in Maine, Elizabeth a North Carolina gardening columnist and author) with a passion for tending blooming things. They exchanged information on their gardens in all seasons, families, health issues, research sources and writing-in-progress. Mostly, they shared a genuine respect and appreciation...more
Reading this book made me want to know more about Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence - their lives, their other writings, and their gardens. I love to read about gardens and gardeners. The stories behind the plants are one of the best parts of gardening!