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Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today Hardcover – April 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613743378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613743379
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This delightful and impeccably researched history claims a place on the crowded gardening shelf … Highly recommended to all armchair or actual gardeners interested in the history of gardening.”—Library Journal  

 

"Horwood strikes gold."  —Guardian


"For anyone interested in the long and fascinating history of women and their gardens, Horwood's book, with its vast scope . . . and plethora of fascinating detail, is an admirable starting point."  —Daily Mail


"It is about time that women gardeners received the generous tribute awarded to them by Horwood's splendid book . . . lively, superbly researched, and highly enjoyable."  —Literary Review


"An interesting, well-told story."  —Financial Times


"Women . . . are everywhere in gardening history. In gathering their stories and describing their influences and achievements Horwood has done a terrific, pioneering job. Beautifully structured and cogently written, [this book is] rich, full, and lasting as potpourri. Neither gardens, nor women, will seem quite the same again."  —Times


"Catherine Horwood has written a scholarly and, yet, immensely readable book, bringing to life some extraordinary women.” —Page Dickey, author of Embroidered Ground: Revisiting the Garden and Gardens in the Spirit of Place


“Focusing on the fact of history that women have often been excluded from the serious study of plants, Horwood brings these women into their rightful place in the horticultural spotlight. At more than 400 pages, there is much to be discovered about these pioneering women.”  —The Garden Bench blog 

About the Author

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 Worn  . . . But Did, and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on May 15, 2013
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This well researched and entertaining history of British women gardeners spans the last four centuries. The earliest profiles are generally well-to-do and titled women who had the means to pursue their horticultural hobbies. The book also details the struggle that women had in getting respect in what was once an all-male profession as well as even having the ability to study botany or landscape design. Although the book covers the usual suspects (Gertrude Jeckyll, Vita Sackwell-West), the majority are women that were unfamiliar to me. Chapters are arranged thematically and later chapters deal with women who were notable not specifically in gardening but related activities like flower arranging, sewing, publishing and illustration. Most of the stories here are fascinating. This is a well-written and researched book that will appeal to gardeners and readers interested in women in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By char on January 27, 2014
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I write for a magazine. I am always looking for subject matter for my column. This book has been a treasure-trove of historical information. I believe for anyone interested even remotely about the garden this book would make a good read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill MacBeth on August 3, 2013
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I bought this as a gift, expecting that it would contain drawings of older gardens and photos of modern gardens. There are very few, with almost none in color. The contents are not at all like the nice jacket on the book. It has been returned.
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More About the Author

Dr Catherine Horwood has written widely on British social and cultural history, and her latest book, Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present will be published in the UK by Virago in May 2010.
A passionate gardener, she has won many prizes for her gardens which have been featured in books and magazines internationally, and was for many years an assistant organiser of the National Gardens Scheme, of the famous 'Yellow Book' gardens open for charity, in the London area. She now gardens high on a roof in North London and firmly on the ground in Suffolk.
Before raising her family, Catherine was a journalist on UK magazines including Good Housekeeping. She returned to further education in her forties and is now an honorary research fellow of the Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her PhD was 'Keeping Up Appearances. Clothes, Class and Culture, 1918-1939'. She has been a visiting fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, and, in 2007, was awarded the Ernestine Richter Avery Fellowship at the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA.
In addition to her books, she regularly writes articles and book reviews for leading UK publications and newspapers, and gives talks on her favourite interests of gardening and dress codes.
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