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Women and their gardens : a history from the Elizabethan era to today
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Catherine Horwood is an honorary research fellow of the Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway and has been a visiting fellow at Yale. She has won many prizes for her own gardens and was an honorary assistant organizer of the National Gardens Scheme for London. She is the author of History: The Story of Plants in the Home , Worst Fashions: What We Shouldn't Have Wornnbsp; . . . But Did , and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars .
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This delightful and impeccably researched history claims a place on the crowded gardening shelf by interleaving the personal stories and accomplishments of individual women gardeners of Great Britain within the larger story of women's history told from a horticultural perspective. Horwood (honorary research fellow, Bedford Ctr. for the History of Women, Royal Holloway, London; Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars) profiles such well-known female gardeners as Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, and Beth Chatto, as well as scores of unsung or forgotten women who have affected the way we garden through their contributions to design, illustration, research, and writing. Chapters are topically rather than chronologically arranged and weave together lively anecdotes that illustrate the thrill and passion inspired by a love of plants and gardening as well as the sobering facts of women's struggle to achieve equal footing with men in society, education, and the workplace, specifically as it manifests itself in the realm of gardening. VERDICT Highly recommended to all armchair or actual gardeners interested in the history of gardening.-Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From the golden age in English history to today's gardeners and designers, this volume recognizes women's contributions to gardening in Britain and around the worldnbsp;spanning more than four centuries. Despite growing vegetables for their kitchens, tending herbs for their medicine cupboards, and teaching other women about the craft before agricultural schools officially existed, women have been mere footnotes in the horticultural annals for specimens collected abroad. These pioneers' influence on the style of gardens in the present day is illustrated here in a style both accessible and scholarly. Presenting a rare bouquet, this collection shares the stories of more than 200 women who have been involved withnbsp;garden design, plant collecting, flower arranging, botanical art, garden writing, and education.</p> nbsp;</p>
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