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Catherine Horwood
From the greenhouse
I write about what I love - gardens and gardeners
Interests: women's history, horticultural history, women and gardening
Recent Activity
Offer for readers of this Gardening Women blog - a very special discount on the latest book by brilliant garden designer, Jinny Blom - The Thoughtful Gardener. Ends 31 March 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Gardening Women
It's been a bumper year for beautiful books on gardens. Dear Santa, please fill my stocking with these gems Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Gardening Women Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Gardening Women
A perennial question for this time of year - Why aren't there more women designers at the Chelsea Flower Show. Here are some answers: Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Gardening Women
A new book on women gardeners features the most famous and a few unknowns - but how did Heidi Howcroft choose which ones to include? Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Gardening Women
Standing in the greenhouse in the tranquil grounds of Combermere Abbey in rural Shropshire, it’s hard to believe Claire Howard (above) wasn’t always as stress-free as she is today. Just five years ago, she was working in Social Services in senior management. After a 15-year career, reorganization was imminent and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Gardening Women gardens, plants and books Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Gardening Women
Too busy gardening and writing books to blog! So follow me over to the following sites to keep up with my gardening news: On my Gardening Women blog you'll find everything to do with - you've guessed it - women and gardening! More personal comments as well on books, tools,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at A Gardening Woman
Which female writers were influenced by their gardens? Q & A with Jackie Bennett, author of The Writer's Garden Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Gardening Women
Recently I was sent this email about two 'lady' gardeners in 1911. Do these names ring any bells with anyone? We'd love to know more about them. "I happened to be looking through the 1911 census for St Nicholas, Artington, Guildford for something else entirely, when I came across a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Gardening Women
Great garden historian and Enigma codebreaker extraordinaire, Mavis Batey dies at 92 Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Gardening Women
Tempted to have your own nursery or garden business? On 7th December,2013, the WFGA (Women's Farm & Garden Association) is holding a specialist workshop ‘Starting Up a Garden Business’ where they will cover the paperwork necessary, accounts, invoicing, records etc, marketing to attract business, dealing with clients and contractors. It's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Gardening Women
Issued: Wed, 22 May 2013 08:42:00 BST The University of Glasgow’s School of Humanities and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, in partnership with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS), are pleased to announce a three-year PhD Studentship under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA)... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2013 at Gardening Women
Why I won't wear pink gloves for gardening Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at A Gardening Woman
via Lovely photo of women gardening in 1935 wearing skirts of course! Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 5, 2013 at Gardening Women
A great new appointment at my favourite botanic garden at Cambridge University Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Gardening Women
I've been working on a major new gardening project for a while now. Planning beds on paper is not my strong point. I've no experience of CAD (thankfully - looks far too complicated and soulless) so it's been graph paper, set squares and protractors for me - plus a boxful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at A Gardening Woman
Getting very excited about the opening later this week of the new exhibition at The Garden Museum, Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money. It's about time that the story of floristry, the 'Cinderella' trade of the horticultural industry, was told. It opens, naturally, on Thursday 14 February, the biggest day of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Gardening Women
Looking for somewhere to go this half term in East Anglia? This could be the answer - a new tribute to East Anglia's great women gardeners Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Gardening Women
Where will you find the best young gardener in the UK? In Woodbridge, Suffolk Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at A Gardening Woman
You can hear me talking about 'Gardening Women' on BBC Radio Suffolk together with the terrific Georgina Wroe! Follow link : and fast forward to 2:34:00. (This link will expire on 19 July 2012.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2012 at Gardening Women
As usual, will have it but I think you may be in the UK? If so, then the original version under the title Gardening Women is available at or all good bookshops. Thanks for your interest!
Two women honoured by the RHS with their top medals Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Gardening Women
Gardening Women becomes Women and Their Gardens in the US and receives a '4 gherkin' (Good, innit?) review Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Gardening Women
Is Camellia Lady Loch named after Edwin Lutyens' niece? Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Gardening Women