Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present - Catherine HorwoodVirago, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Black & White Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “From Flora, Roman goddess of plants, to today’s gardeners at Kew, women have always gardened. Women gardeners have grown vegetables for their kitchens and herbs for their medicine cupboards. They have been footnotes in the horticultural annals for specimens collected abroad. They taught young women about gardening twenty-five years before women’s horticultural schools officially existed. And their influence on the style of our gardens, frequently unacknowledged, survives to the present day.
Catherine Horwood brings to life the care with which Thomasin Tunstall sent her hellebores to John Parkinson for his new plot in Covent Garden in the 1620s, and the passion of Lady Mary Coke in designing her garden at Notting Hill House in George Ill’s reign. She salutes the determination of intrepid plant collectors, from Lady Amherst, who brought the glorious Clematis Montana to England, to the Victorian widow who protected a euphorbia inside her hatbox on its journey home, a variety now known as Mrs Robb’s Bonnet.”