Elizabeth and Her German Garden

In September, the AGC book club read and discussed, “Elizabeth and Her German Garden” by Elizabeth von Arnim.

An admired literary figure of her time, von Arnim wrote this semi-autobiographical novel of her life on a Prussian estate in the late 1800’s, where she spent most of her time planning and creating a garden around Nassenheide, a German country home. Although her descriptions of her life there are often tongue-in-cheek, it is evident that she had a real love of nature and plants. Sadly, the times did not allow a woman to do hands on gardening, and Elizabeth had to settle for supervising untrained staff to fulfill her garden dreams.

Joanie Kintscher
AGC Book Club


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