Beatrice Bowles

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Harmony Hill 1629 Taylor Street San Francisco, California 94133

The story of a three-generation 'secret garden' atop San Francisco's famed Russian Hill.
How I returned to grow a fragrant garden where ivy had ruled for thirty years, an endeavour which brought Rosmary Verey and Frank Cabot to visit.



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Beatrice Bowles became a professional storyteller and recording artist.

She has performed at Filoli, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and at many schools. 

She has recorded five audiobooks/CDs of world wonder tales with original musical settings,

and is a Voting Member of the Grammy’s Recording Academy.


What an engaging retelling of stories, shimmering with the magic of creation!

Malcolm Margolin, Publisher, Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2015

 I love what Beatrice’s stories teach us about nature. Carla Fava-Schmitt, Berkeley, CA

 You are a brilliant storyteller!  Jane Shaw, Dean of Religious Life, Stanford University, Palo Alto

Your stories are suspenseful, mind boggling, mysterious, thoughtful, exciting, funny, mystical, happy, and off the wall!
  Lucinda, Fourth Grade, Bank Street School, New York City

Wow! Not only are you a brilliant storyteller, but your pleasure in telling the tales deepens the power of the performance.  My crew and I listened, enthralled.

Helen Whitney, filmmaker, NYC:, 2015

Congratulations! Your storytelling resource, Cloudspinner and the Hungry Serpent, will receive one of the prestigious 2015 Storytelling World Awards, and be featured in the April 2015 issue of Storytelling World/Storytelling Magazine. Professor Flora Joy, Publisher.

Preview and purchase my audiobooks/CDS at:, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, BandCamp, and GooglePlay.



I love to talk about my garden's history and evolution. I grew up in this magical family garden and hated to leave.
What a joy come home again after a party-loving-bachelor had rented the house and let the garden go wild for thirty years.

After pulling out ivy for three years, I began to learn from books, nurseries, and experts. I wanted fragrance more than anything.

When the garden grand dame Rosemary Verey, came to visit, she asked me to write about growing up here.
My essay, "A Child's Inheritance," became the first chaper of her book. Secret Gardens. (Ebury Press, London, 1992)

When Joan Hockaday, my dear neighbor, brought Frank Cabot, founder of The Garden Conservancy, to visit,
his word for the garden was 'numinous.' Now I sit on the West Coast Councll of the Garden Conservancy.

I'd love to tell you the rest of the story.




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