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Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. She is the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) and Nature and Human Intervention (2011).
Kathryn grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California, surrounded by peach, walnut and almond orchards. She was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Western Washington University, the London College of Garden Design and the University of Bristol from which she received a Bachelor’s in English, a Master’s in English, a Diploma in Garden Design and a Master’s in Garden History. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Garden History Society, the Garden Writers Association and the Society of Garden Designers (pre-registered). She is working on her third book and contributes articles to Devon Life on gardening and natural history. She lives in Devon, England with her family.
With interests in the arts and sciences, she has taught biology, critical thinking and American Literature of Nature and Place at a range of places including U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, the English Department at Western Washington University, and Everett Community College. In 2015, she was appointed Adjunct Lecturer at Exeter College where she teaches “Your Place in the World” and other nonfiction, nature writing and literature courses.