Audience Reviews of Aalto


Kathryn Aalto is a master storyteller. A landscape historian, garden designer, public speaker & New York Times bestselling author of three books: Nature and Human Intervention (2011), The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh (2015) & Writing Wild (2020).

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Engaging guide thru 100 Acre Wood

Anne E. O'Keefe from Rockford, IL - 05/20/2019 16:01:37

Kathryn Aalto is an enchanting story teller and preservationist of the work of A.A. Milne and the nature that inspired his beloved books. The audience was so excited to follow her on her walk thru the Hundred Acre Wood during the “Botanica Luncheon” for Klehm Arboretum & Botanica Gardens. The Rockford Public Library was delighted to have her sign books and talk with guests the evening before at a showing of the movie “Christopher Robin.” She is an engaging and endearing speaker. She wanted to learn all she could about Rockford during her short visit and we would welcome her back anytime. We have so much to learn from her!

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Fantastic, Warm, Engaging Speaker!

Alexander Mills from Rockford - 05/13/2019 08:39:31

Kathryn Aalto recently spoke at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden's annual spring fundraiser ("Botanica: A Gardener's Luncheon") and was so very engaging, warm, personable and knowledgeable that we received compliments many times over on her presentation and the event. We could not have asked for a better person to showcase at our event, and she is highly recommended to any individual or organization seeking a speaker that will provide an outstanding, interesting and highly enjoyable program.

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Christey Robinson from Oyster Bay - 04/17/2019 12:11:33

Kathryn Aalto spoke on April 11, 2019 at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island. Her lecture was co-hosted by Old Westbury Gardens, North Country Garden Club and Three Harbors Garden Club, both members of the Garden Club of America. Kathryn's lecture and slide presentation was a wonderful combination of history, horticulture, literature and charm. She is an engaging speaker and delighted her audience with her extensive knowledge of A.A.Milne and the forest that inspired the magical Hundred Acre Wood.

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Fascinating viewpoint

Kylee Baumle from Ohio - 05/01/2017 00:08:55

I specifically wanted to attend the Northwest Flower & Garden Show to hear Kathryn Aalto speak. As an avid gardener and a Classic Pooh collector who would dearly love to visit the English countryside where Milne lived and the Pooh stories originated, I was excited to hear Kathryn's take on it from a botanical point of view. I was not disappointed. Her photos and oral descriptions of the land and how they played into the Pooh stories were fascinating and the talk was over before I knew it. This was not your usual garden talk. It was so much more and I left the talk wanting even more to visit Ashdown Forest someday.

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Clever and evocative

Karen Castle from Snohomish, WA - 03/30/2017 07:47:57

I had the good fortune to hear Kathryn speak at our local library in Monroe, Washington. She showed gorgeous slides of the English countryside and spoke about them in relation to Winnie the Pooh. Kathryn is a clever and evocative speaker. Not only did I learn about the natural world that inspired author and father A.A. Milne, but Kathryn's presentation made me feel like packing my bag and travelling to see for myself!