In the late 1940’s, about the time when many American homes were being outfitted with the newest modern conveniences, Tasha Tudor moved to a run-down (one could say, dilapidated) 1789 New Hampshire farmhouse with no electricity, no running water, and no heat besides a few wood stoves. She was also a mother of two small children. While to some, this combination of circumstances might sound harrowing, for Tasha it was a dream realized.
I remember hearing someone ask my grandmother which season she preferred best. She explained she liked them all, and that when one ended she looked forward to the next. I don’t recall her exact words in answer to that question, but imagine it was a good explanation of her views on the matter. In any event, by the time winter ended she was always ready for spring.
"Gardening has untold rewards...I've never been depressed in my whole life and I've never had a headache."
Even into her late 80's Tasha Tudor could be seen weeding, planting, pruning, and generally tending to her beloved garden as soon as warmer weather arrived. She attributed her longevity and good health to three things: fresh goat's milk, garlic, and gardening. To help us all get in the gardening spirit (and reap such wonderful "untold rewards") we are putting the entire Tasha's Secret Garden section of our online store on sale for 20% off! Starting at 8 am EST on Monday, May 1st through 12 midnight EST on Wednesday, May 3rd you can use coupon code SECRETGARDEN20 at checkout to receive the 20% discount!
“I haven't any modesty when it comes to my garden. I'll boast like mad.” -Tasha Tudor
For Tasha Tudor, much of the year revolved around planning, planting, and maintaining her exquisite garden. In the still of winter, Tasha poured over seed catalogues in search of favorite vegetable varieties and exotic blooms. Seed packets would arrive in March, much anticipated. But it wasn’t until April and early May that the ground had thawed enough to put seeds into the earth. Even before all the snow melted Tasha could be seen, barefoot and clad in her ever-present gardening scarves and apron, checking up on the growth and well-being of her beloved plant friends. By June, at long last, the garden was alive with the bright green of new leaves and a riot of color so pleasing to the eye from the many flowers--periwinkle forget-me-nots, pink, orange, and cream hollyhocks, purple columbine and more--that surrounded Corgi Cottage in such exuberant beauty. There is nothing so glorious as Vermont in full bloom.
April is a notoriously fickle month in Vermont when it comes to weather. Spring comes in fits and starts. As Tasha said of an April past, “The other day we had 90°F, there was one day in between, and the next morning there was a frost.” After weeks of snow, rain, wind, mud and, occasionally, sun we have finally (hopefully) turned the corner! To celebrate the end of our long Vermont winter we are having a flash sale on all Tasha Tudor prints!
Grandparents, grand-friends, and little grand ones: on April 29th, join two very lucky grandsons Will Moses and Winslow Tudor, as they present their recent books, Fairy Tales for Little Folks and The Tasha Tudor Family Cookbook, and share memories of their famous forebears. Make a “recipe in a jar” from the Tudor cookbook to bring home for a great Mother’s Day gift, and join Will Moses in creating a Moses style mural to celebrate your grand, inter-generational love.
“Often there are colored eggs in your shoes or in your best bonnet. Or a basket of ducklings beside your bowl of porridge. There might even be a bunny in Grandma’s rocking chair. You can never really tell, for anything might happen on Easter.” - A Tale for Easter
Tasha Tudor: A Stillwater Story opens in theaters across Japan in just four days! But if you are not lucky enough to be in Japan to enjoy the film, worry not! To soothe the disappointment of Tasha fans living outsite of Japan, we are putting both of the classic Tasha Tudor documentaries Take Joy! and Take Peace! on sale for 25% off until April 12 at midnight! Use coupon code DVD25 during checkout to get the discount!
Tasha Tudor went out of her way to make every day full of beauty and magic. This was especially true on holidays. Whether for Christmas, Valentines Day, or birthdays, Tasha and her family spent many hours preparing decorations, gifts, and delectable treats to mark the occasion.
Easter was the main event of Spring, perhaps second only to Christmas when it came to preparing elaborate decorations! Her son, Seth Tudor, remembers the sometimes harrowing tasks he and his siblings were given in the lead-up to Easter, “We would take brown or white chicken eggs (occasionally the larger duck and goose eggs), puncture a small hole in either end, and using mouth pressure, force out the contents--neither an easy nor enjoyable task.”
It is with both delight and sorrow that we share the following news. Delight because Tasha's world is being enjoyed by so many people in Japan. Sorrow for our American friends because you must live in Japan to view or buy the new offerings we're sharing today.