Tasha Tudor was an author and illustrator who lived to the ripe old age of 93 on her place in Marlboro, Vermont. From Abebooks:
A true traditionalist at heart, Tudor was not an admirer of modern ways and lived her life according to the same basics found in many of her books. She raised her family in a farmhouse that had no television, radio, or electricity, and used oil lamps for light. She spun flax into her own clothing, raised goats for their milk and even outfitted her homes with Victorian furniture and tools.
Her stories maintained this Victorian feel and Tudor had amazing success with this style. In a career spanning 65 years, she wrote or illustrated more than 100 works, the first of which was Pumpkin Moonshine in 1938 - the story of a small girl who sets out to find the finest and largest pumpkin in order to make the most perfect jack-o’-lantern. Her final publication was Corgiville Christmas in 2003, the third story set in imaginary Corgiville where corgis, cats and rabbits are getting ready for Christmas.
Because of her longevity and fame many of Tudor’s books are highly collectible. Some of her early books such as Amanda and the Bear and Alexander the Gander are now out-of-print so copies in good condition often sell for more than $100. At the high end, a first edition or a signed copy of one of her more famous titles usually fetches upwards of $500 and any original artwork usually sells for well into four figures.
I personally find her illustrations a tad too saccharine in a very Victorian way, but she was certainly a skilled and successful artist.
There is a book available of her extensive gardens, and Amazon UK has an extensive preview.
A video (in Japanese) of her beautiful gardens.
Some more shots of her gardens from the book Tasha Tudor´s Garden via Linen and Lavender:
Tudor often declared she wished she´d lived in the 19th century. The house pictured was really only about 20 years old - built for her by one of her sons. She was also an avid collector of period clothing, the extensive collection auctioned after her death.
Unfortunately, her legacy has been somewhat marred by a rather ugly family feud over her estate of around $2 million.
Don´t believe I shall have that problem. But really,I think her inspiring gardens must be her best legacy.
Tasha Tudor and Family
Tasha Tudor Museum