Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters

Emily Herring Wilson Katharine S. White Elizabeth Lawrence


Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters

Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters

  • Title: Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters
  • Author: Emily Herring Wilson Katharine S. White Elizabeth Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9780807085592
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback



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 wA 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 was filled with suggestions and encouragement When Katharine wrote back her appreciation, she reported on her Maine garden and discussed the plants and books that interested her Thus began a correspondence that would last for almost twenty years, until Katharine s death in 1977 Two Gardeners is a collection of these luminous letters, edited and introduced by Emily Herring Wilson The letters bring to life the unique epistolary friendship between two intelligent women, the formidable Mrs White and the shy Miss Lawrence, both avid gardeners and readers, both at a stage of life when to make a new friend was rare indeed when they first wrote to one another, Katharine was sixty two, Elizabeth, fifty four.More than 150 letters went back and forth during the course of their correspondence, though Katharine and Elizabeth would meet face to face only once Whether talking about gardens or books, friends or family, each held a special place in the other s life.Illustrated with photographs of both Katharine White and Elizabeth Lawrence, their families, gardens, and houses, this book is a special treat for gardeners, literature lovers, and anyone who delights in reading about women s friendships.


Recent Comments "Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters"

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 Law [...]

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!Katharine S. White (wife of E.B. White – called “Andy”) was an editor at The New Yorker, where she also wrote a garden column called “Onward and Upward in theGarden.” One of her readers was Elizabeth Lawrence, a gardener herself [...]

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 [...]

The friendship that grew between these two women via flowers and letter writing is so beautiful and amazing to me. Even when a whole year passed between letters, the connection was still tangible. Something to aspire to, and also something that gives me hope for humanity.

Hit a sweet spot for me. I loved both reading about gardening and seeing the friendship develop via letter between these two writers.

This is a 4-star only b/c I don't understand all the gardening/plant references. That was part of the reason I picked up this book, hoping it would inspire me to make something of our tiny (and truly wild) backyard space. It didn't; I still find that project overwhelming, and hearing about the authors' efforts year after year didn't make it sound any more appealing to me.However, what I found in this book is truly a in intimate story of "a friendship in letters." I felt like I knew both of them, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A real treasure! I soon felt like Katharine and Elizabeth were dear friends and was so sad when the book ended, and I had no new letters to look forward to. Thank you Emily for giving us this book.

This book was a beautiful portrayal of friendship. Real letters and real people. I loved learning about plants as well. I wasn't sure about the book as I started, but found it one I didn't want to put down. I felt like I found two friends.

Interesting book of letters between two women with gardens .

sweet back and forth letters between two gardeners.

Special treat for gardeners, literature lovers, and anyone who delights in reading about women's friendships. (From the back cover)


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