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Kathryn Aalto: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
Cultivating Wisdom & Wonder Speaker Series
March 26

Red Butte Garden



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Kathryn Aalto, Author, Historian, Designer, Teacher, and Speaker

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Cultivating Wisdom & Wonder Speaker Series

March 26

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

Join Kathryn Aalto at Red Butte Garden as she tells the story of the real places and rare flora and fauna in the forest that inspired A.A. Milne to create the "Hundred Acre Wood".

Milne’s classic stories "Winnie-the-Pooh" (1926) and "The House at Pooh Corner" (1928) have delighted parents and children for nearly a century. The real landscape that inspired Milne and his illustrator E. H. Shepard was known as Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, UK, an area of outstanding natural beauty with rare flora and fauna. Part travelogue and natural history and book yarns, this talk weaves history with humor and birdsong with booklore.

Learn the backstories about Milne’s extraordinary childhood and remarkable writing career as well as his conflicts and collaborations with his wife, his famous son Christopher Robin, and E. H. Shepard that have captured the hearts of millions and millions of people around the world. Leave with a new understanding of how the Winnie-the-Pooh books are field guides for 21st century Christopher Robins – hymns to the days of doing Nothing yet learning everything.

Space is limited, tickets required.

Tuesday, March 26 from 6-7:30PM

Are you an aspiring nature writer?

Sign up for a Level 1 Narrative Nature Writing workshop with Kathryn Aalto.

Wednesday, March 27 from 10 am-12 pm

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Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and lecturer currently living in Exeter, England. For the past 25 years, her creative practice has fused nature and culture: teaching and writing narrative nonfiction, designer gardens, and speaking about the natural world.


She is the author of three books including "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood" (Timber Press, 2015).

A sought-after keynote speaker, Kathryn has given hundreds of talks. These include museums, libraries, universities, arboretums, book fairs, bookstores, flower and garden shows, and distinguished speakers’ series throughout the US and UK.

Kathryn’s writing has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, Sierra, Buzzfeed, The Scotsman, Resurgence and the Ecologist, and more. She is represented by Ultra Literary and Media in New York City and is currently working on her fourth book.

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