Susannah Fullerton

About Susannah Fullerton

Susannah Fullerton is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. She has published several books about Jane Austen, including ‘Jane Austen and Crime’, ‘A Dance with Jane Austen’ and ‘Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’. She leads very popular literary tours to the UK, France and USA, and gives talks about famous writers, their lives, works and gardens, around Australia. She is also available as a speaker on famous writers and their gardens and can offer the following topics: ‘Jane Austen and her Gardens’ ‘Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of Sissinghurst’, ‘William Wordsworth – Poet and Landscape Gardener’, ‘Rudyard Kipling and the Glory of the Garden’. To book a talk for your next garden society event (in or around Sydney), contact Susannah Fullerton

Sir Walter Scott and his Abbotsford garden

My heart clings to the place I have created.
In 1811 Sir Walter Scott purchased a small farm on the banks of the Tweed River in the Borders area of Scotland. It was a part of the country he knew well – he’d stayed there often as a child, had worked there as a lawyer, had collected the local ballads and tales of folk lore and published them. He had a home in Edinburgh, but he wanted a country property as well. Continue reading

Beatrix Potter’s garden (and Mr McGregor!)

Beatrix Potter fell in love with the English Lake District when she was a child. When she began to publish her stories for children, along with the charming illustrations she created to accompany them, she finally had money of her own and knew that what she wanted to do with it was purchase land in that part of England. So it was thanks to The Tale of Peter Rabbit that in 1905 she bought Hill Top, a 17th century farmhouse in the tiny village of Near Sawrey. Continue reading

Rudyard Kipling and his garden

The first plants that Rudyard Kipling ever knew were exotic ones. He was born in India in 1865 and spent his first years surrounded by palms, mango and banana trees, and lush growth everywhere he looked. But all that changed very dramatically! When Rudyard was five years old, his parents took him to England. Continue reading

Jane Austen and her gardens

“You cannot imagine – it is not in Human Nature to imagine what a nice walk we have round the Orchard. – The row of Beech look very well indeed, & so does the young Quickset hedge in the garden. – I hear today that an Apricot has been detected on one of the Trees.” – Jane Austen, Letter to her sister Cassandra, 31 May, 1811. Continue reading