Women and Gardens
Sue Bennett is an historian, and has previously worked for the National Trust.
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Hardback, 217 x 217mm, 176 pages
105 illustrations, 75 in colour, bibliography and list of gardens
ISBN 1 85514 288 0
Out of Print
Five Centuries of Women and Gardens
'A lively and generously illustrated book'
Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph
'I recommend the book which accompanies the exhibition...it is witty, well illustrated and unusually thoughtful.'
Packed with portraits, garden plans, engravings, watercolours and photographs, Women and Gardens charts the relationship between women and gardens from Elizabethan times to the present day.
It includes biographies of many of the most important women in the history of English horticulture, from Bess of Hardwick to Queen Charlotte, from Daisy, Countess of Warwick to Beth Chatto and Miriam Rothschild. Feature boxes provide additional words of wisdom from the women featured in the book on all things gardening.
Even in times when women's lives were socially restricted, gardening and its many associated hobbies provided a haven for female creativity. From collecting plant specimens and studying botany through flower-painting and the creation of grottoes, mazes and knot-gardens, to the wartime gardens of the 1940s and the modernist designs of today, this delightful book celebrates women's achievements in a quintessentially British art form.
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