Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden Film Discussion with Peter Randall, Mar 1, 11AM

Newly released copies of Peter E. Randall’s documentary film Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden on are now available at the Discover Portsmouth museum store.

Peter E Randall, film maker, photographer, publisher, has completed a new documentary featuring Celia Thaxter’s beautiful garden on Appledore Island, off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.

Nineteenth-century Isles of Shoals poet and author Celia Thaxter was also known for her imaginative Victorian island garden. Her friend impressionist Childe Hassam prepared illustrations for Celia’s last book, An Island Garden, published in 1894 just before her death. Based on her book, the unique garden has been recreated on Appledore Island and now attracts hundreds of visitors annually. This film tells the story of Celia and her garden, her friendship with Hassam and other artists, and the effort made by Shoals Marine Laboratory founder Dr. John Kingsbury to recreate the garden 80 years after Thaxter’s death.

Discover Portsmouth brings you scenes of summer to brighten our darkest winter days.

Be sure to visit Flowers in Winter: Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden. Peter Randall and contemporary artists Christopher Volpe and Dustan Knight have teamed up to deliver a colorful 21st century response to the famous flower garden that 19th century writer Celia Thaxter cultivated in the six inches of soil on the timeless, rocky island of Appledore, Isles of Shoals. Discover Portsmouth presents Flowers in Winter: Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden which runs Dec 6- Mar 8. Click here for gallery hours and talks.


About Peter Randall

With over forty-five years of experience, Peter E. Randall is one of New Hampshire’s best known editorial photographers. He is the author of fourteen books, nine of which feature his photographs. New Hampshire Four Seasons (1979) was the first published book of New Hampshire color photograhs. He has also published photo essays on Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Newburyport, Salem, and Marblehead, Massachusetts, as well as two volumes on the Isles of Shoals. His photographic books include New Hampshire A Living Landscape, a collection of his panoramic photographs of New Hampshire (1996), and New Hampshire Then and Now, eighty sets of historical and contemporary photographs of the Granite State from 1840 to 2005 (published in 2006).

Most of his work has been devoted to New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals, Maine, and nearby areas. He has also photographed in the American Southwest, Ghana, Japan, Togo, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Guatemala, and Spain. His editorial photographs have been used by the United Nations, and regional and national magazines and books.

Peter is also the author of the history section of the Treaty of Portsmouth. His 1985 publication, There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth, has been reprinted by the Portsmouth Marine Society.