Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape historian, garden designer, university lecturer, preservation consultant, and best-selling author. She has a M.A. in Garden History and a M.A. in Creative Nonfiction. She also has a diploma in Garden Design from the London College of Garden Design and a B.A. in English from Berkeley. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching the literature of nature and place, designing artful and sustainable gardens, and writing about the natural world. She speaks widely throughout the United States and Britain.
Kathryn is the author of three books including The New York Times Best Seller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) and Nature and Human Intervention (2011). Her third book, Writing Wild: 25 Women Who Shaped the Way We Read the Natural World, will be published by Timber Press in March 2020 to celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centenary of the Nineteenth Amendment.
“With both writing and design,” Kathryn says, “I create narratives — some are with words, the other are with plants.”
Reviews of her latest book and her own writing have appeared on National Public Radio, People Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune. Kathryn appeared with Alan Titchmarsh in the Finestripe production of “Winnie-the-Pooh: The Most Famous Bear in the World,” a 90th anniversary television special on Channel 4.
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Praise for The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
“Lavishly illustrated with superb photographs as well as reproductions of the delightfully familiar Shepard illustrations…an affectionate book written with enthusiasm.” — The Wall Street Journal
“Aalto’s lovely book provides two great pleasures: a visit to the actual wild spots that inform the fictional Pooh world and a chance to slip into our memories of the books themselves.”– The Washington Post
“Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh provides an intimate look into the magic and inspirations behind Milne’s stories, while reminding us of the joy children experience through nature.”–Richard Louv, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
“The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh reminds us that the Hundred Acre Wood is quite real and very much alive. Everyone who loves Pooh and Piglet and Christopher Robin will cherish this behind-the-scenes exploration of A. A Milne’s world.”– Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks
“Kathryn Aalto has skillfully woven together the geology, geography, history and natural history of the Forest …providing a travelogue, a guide, a nature spotting manual, and a nostalgic glimpse of the past, all rolled into a delightful and eminently readable book, profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings.” —The Garden Window
“An intimate guide to the forest’s history, geology, animals, colours and textures. Tantalising descriptions and photographs invite us to slow our pace, look and listen.” — BBC Wildlife Magazine
“Take this book outdoors, settle into a cushy spot and listen to birds and the breeze as you follow in Winnie’s footprints and see the places that are the foundations to E.H. Shepard’s illustrations, which are as iconic as Milne’s words.” — The Oregonian
“This is a beautifully produced book with an unusual premise that will delight the knowledgeable landscape designer and lay reader alike…Aalto’s book enriches our understanding of the world of this iconic children’s story.” — Landscape Architecture Magazine
“For anyone who has read and reread Milne’s stories, Aalto furnishes a delightful addition to these classic tales, reawakening the childlike wonder and amusement first experienced when reading the books inspired by these locations.” — Shelf Awareness Reader