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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants Hardcover – Illustrated, March 3, 2020
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“A fine collection of profiles of women involved with horticulture… all of whom have a passion for sharing their love of the natural world. This volume should be inspirational to anyone working with plants.” —Publishers Weekly
“An informative and celebratory resource.” —Booklist
“Should you be looking for inspiration in these challenging times, it can be found in the stories of the women profiled in The Earth in Her Hands… it is also a celebration of the vibrant women forging new paths in horticulture and its allied professions today." —Landscape Notes
“An empowering and expertly curated look at the horticultural world.” —Gardens Illustrated
“The Earth in Her Hands is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves plants.” —The American Gardener
“This is a must-have read… the kind of book that will lead you to find other books and gardeners to follow.” —Greenfield Recorder
“Truly a winning book that everyone needs to read.” —Cottage in the Court
“It’s no surprise that Jennifer's writing is as thoughtful as her language is on her radio/podcast... Anyone interested in a career with plants will enjoy it, as well indeed anyone already in such a career or life passion.” —Growing with Plants
“A book for young people interested in a career in the plant world or who want to do work that helps the environment… for anyone keen to read stories about plant passion and a longing to make a difference through one’s work.” —Digging
“An illuminating and inspiring book of personal and professional journeys with plants is a must-read for anyone interested in the human impulse to garden." —Gardens Illustrated
“The varied perspectives presented throughout amount to an interesting conversation about plants, gardens, and the myriad roles anyone might play amid them.” —Horticulture
“A plantsperson with a deep abiding love for gardens and plants and for those who tend their plots thoughtfully and with respect for natural systems. Jewell pours this passion into her new book.” —The Seattle Times
“A moving testament to the myriad of ways in which we are all dependent upon the generosity of planet Earth.” —The Irish Times
“A fascinating read, not just because it highlights the accomplishments of women from around the world, but because it showcases the enormous variety of their plant-related careers and how they found them.” —The Wyoming Tribune Eagle
About the Author
- Publisher : Timber Press; Illustrated edition (March 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 324 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1604699027
- ISBN-13 : 978-1604699029
- Item Weight : 2.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am glad to have this book to read, read and read again!
Our human engagement with plants connects us to the natural world, to our communities, and to ourselves on powerful intellectual, physical, and spiritual levels. ... [The work of the women profiled in this book] illustrates how the many challenges of our world can be met through cultivating an interdependence with plants. ... For centuries now the most visible representations of horticulture have been images of middle-aged and middle-class or affluent white people. But horticulture is a human impulse, in all cultures, in all times, practiced, codified, ritualized, and valued across any and all social boundaries.
Arranged in alphabetical order (by last name) from Leslie Bennett, founder of Black Sanctuary Gardens in Oakland, California, to Ayana Young, cofounder and host of "For the Wild" podcast, the book profiles women around the world who are revolutionizing horticulture, landscape design, flower and vegetable farming, seed-growing, botany, herbalism, and plant-related art and conservation.
Some of them are already legends: Indian environmental and agroecology advocate Vendana Shiva, whose work elevating the status of women farmers is internationally recognized; garden journalist Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living; seedswoman Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee’s Garden Seeds, who helped convince Michelle Obama to greatly expand the White House edible garden; landscape architect and livable cities practitioner Mia Lehrer; and plantswoman Lauren Springer, whose passion for gardening for wildlife equals her love for introducing outstanding native plants to the green industry. Others, if not as well-known, are influencers in their own way, visionaries who are passionate about their work and about making a positive change in the world.
Jewell introduces each profile with a short section called "Her Landscape" or "Her Plants." A brief quote gives a personal glimpse into each woman. Cara Loriz, Executive Director of the Organic Seed Alliance based in rainy Port Townsend, Washington, confesses that her landscape is "The high desert. I love the tenacity of the plants that grow there and I am fascinated by the Native American history of farming in this landscape." At the end of each profile are the names of women who have inspired each influencer, a lovely way of acknowledging and highlighting their network of mentors.
The profiles are enriched by abundant quotes from each of the women, clearly drawn from Jewell's interviews for her radio show and podcast. That abundance of source material brings each woman to life, although the profiles sometimes feel a bit choppy, as if pruned too severely to fit into the book’s format: four pages per profile, including a portrait photo of each woman in her milieu.
My one real disappointment though, is the book’s clothbound cover, which features an embossed design that is as lively as a 1960s textbook. That aside, The Earth in Her Hands is a compendium of women plant-influencers whose work is worth displaying, sharing, and consulting again and again.
Reviewed for Story Circle Book Reviews by Susan J Tweit.
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This is not by any means a in-depth/interview book but just introductions to the women and can be used as a springboard for more researh on them and the other women they mention being inspired by.