Beatrix Potter and Places That Inspired Her Classic Children’s Tales

Posted Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Garden designer and landscape historian Marta McDowell will discuss her latest book about author, illustrator and conservationist Beatrix Potter, “Beatrix Potter and the Places That Inspired Her Classic Children’s Tales” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn.

  Come learn about the houses and gardens of late 19th and early 20th century England that inspired Potter’s classic tales.

Just as Maine has inspired authors and artists over the years, Beatrix Potter’s life in the English Lake District informed her wonderful characters and their stories. “Her classic characters exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens, a world born of Potter’s own passion for nature, its flora, and fauna.” says Ms. McDowell. calls Marta’s book “richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.” Books will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Admission is $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers. Pre-registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 or visit to reserve your seat. The lecture series is sponsored by Ames True Value Hardware & Supply.

Nickels-Sortwell House is located at 121 Main St. in Wiscasset. The barn entrance is on Federal Street. For more information and a full calendar of summer programs, call 207-882-7169 or


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