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Appledore Island -- Celia Thaxter Garden

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Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Maine
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Biographical / Historical
The owner of this garden, Celia Thaxter (1835-1894), was one of the most popular nature writers of the Victorian era. She was inspired by the rocks, birds, and waves of her remote home on the Isles of Shoals, Maine, but most of all by her own garden, where she spent many hours a day. Her best-known book, An Island Garden, is a diary of her gardening routines over the course of one year. She also wrote nature-inspired stories and poems for a nationwide audience as well as essays for Audubon Magazine. Visits to Thaxter's garden inspired many authors including Sarah Orne Jewett, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as artists Ellen Robbins and William Morris Hunt. The painter of this work, Childe Hassam, painted many of the landscapes scenes in and around her garden and the surrounding isle.
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Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File ME053
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Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
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