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Kathryn Aalto

U.K. writer, designer and author, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Kathryn Aalto is an American writer, designer, historian and teacher living in Exeter, England. She has Master’s degrees in Garden History and English and is an alumnus of the London College of Garden Design. Kathryn is the author of two books including The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk in the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (Timber Press, 2015), which was a People Magazine ‘Best New Book Pick’ in November and featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She is a contributing writer on the subjects of gardens and literary landscapes to Devon Life and Sussex Life. She was an invited guest in the debate “Are Gardens Art?” at the Royal Horticultural Society. She is a member of the Garden History Society, Garden Media Guild, Garden Writers Association, Society of Garden Designers (pre-registered), Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. As a garden designer, Kathryn’s projects are noted for their personalized client narrative, comprehensive site analysis and underlying simplicity. She designs contemporary to historic gardens and is a consultant for historic garden restoration in England and abroad. Kathryn is very proud to appear at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show as she lived in the Seattle area from 1993-2007.


The Extraordinary Natural History of the Real Hundred Acre Wood

Join Kathryn Aalto for lively and illustrative talk focused on the flora and fauna of Ashdown Forest, the real setting where Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin and friends had their daring “Expotitions.” From kings to commoners, Ashdown Forest is manmade — a fascinating and highly-protected natural and literary landscape shaped over a thousand years by people and their activities, which the real Christopher Robin helped preserve.

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Beloved Hundred Acre Woods: The Natural World of Ashdown Forest

Join expat Kathryn Aalto for a lively, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex, England called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. Discover the rare flora and fauna of the forest which fascinated Charles Darwin, W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and, of course, A. A. Milne.

Thursday, Feb 18 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow