Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Remembering Tasha Tudor
This morning I stumbled upon the news that Tasha Tudor has died at the age of 92 at her home in Vermont. She was many things - mainly a children's book illustrator - but among gardeners, she was justly famous for her quaint cottage style garden that was illustrated in at least two book in 1990s by photographer Richard Brown. I have Tasha Tudor's Garden and it is one of my favorites. I remember being in awe when I first saw this book and was mesmerized by the photographs as well as reading about Tudor's lifestyle. She loved the old times and lived that way. She dressed in old-timey clothing (making her own and buying them in antique stores), raised chickens and cows, and made her own candles which illuminated her farmhouse that was built by her son. Her garden is full of stone terraces that overflow with foxgloves, peonies, roses and all kinds of flowers. She also loved Corgis and had a menagerie of them. She believed she was the reincarnation of a sea captain's wife and her obituary says that she intended to go back to the 1830s when she died!