We’re back from Easter break…

…and ready to tackle April head on. It just so happens that April is national garden month–and during this month we’re publishing Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener, a collection of Elizabeth Lawrence’s letters edited by Emily Herring Wilson.  If you haven’t heard of Elizabeth Lawrence,  you probably aren’t a gardener. But plenty of people know and love her, and here’s why.

Elizabeth Lawrence was a gardener living in North Carolina during the 1930s and 1940s. But she wasn’t just any gardener–the woman made history. She was the first woman to graduate from the landscape design program at what is now North Carolina State University. The books she wrote are still considered classics, and she was posthumously named one of the best gardeners in the world by Horticulture magazine in 2004. And many gardeners, although they never met her, consider her a mentor.  

Emily Herring Wilson, Editor of Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence

But Elizabeth can tell you more in her own words thanks to Emily Herring Wilson’s new publication. Check out this excerpt from one of her letters in Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence.

We’ve got a lot in store for this book this month, but I’ll leave you with this review from Charles Wheeler at the Greensboro News and Record. Check back later for more updates on Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence and editor Emily Herring Wilson.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to send us your blog title suggestions. Our blog title contest runs through the end of this week, so be sure you send us your best ideas by Friday, April 9. Remember, the person who submits the winning title will receive a free copy of any book on our website, and yes, that includes titles from our distributed lines. So submit your blog titles here.

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