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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
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We had a great evening celebrating the arrival of the Beth Chatto Archive at the Garden Museum. My favourite? Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook - definitely a book at bedtime when you can hear Beth's voice talking about her beloved plants Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Gardening Women
Tickets are now on sale for my talk as part of the Garden Museum's Lives and Legacies series, together with Matthew Wilson and Tim Richardson, 14 November 2017 Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Gardening Women
This website is definitely worth looking at whether you're a women or a farmer Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Gardening Women
How tough is it to be a female Head Gardener? Andrea Brunsendorf from the Inner Temple Garden, Beatrice Krehl and Pilar Medrano-Dell discuss with Clare Foggett, editor of The English Garden on the Kensington Roof Gardens, Sunday 16 July. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Gardening Women
Robin Lane Fox writes this week about the re-birth of Ellen Willmott's Italian garden, Villa Boccanegra Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Gardening Women
Think houseplants are a new fad? Find out just how long we've been bringing plants into our homes and how to get them looking their best today Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Gardening Women
Top garden designer Xa Tollemache deservedly wins the Historic Houses Association 'Garden of the Year 2017' for her home at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Gardening Women
Prize-winning garden designer and florist Carolyn Dunster's new book, Urban Flowers, will inspire any city dweller with a new garden with stylish colour combinations for the smallest space Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Gardening Women
Hi Phil I'm sorry to hear that. I'm afraid I have no access to the publisher's records. You'll need to get in touch with Quarto direct at I do know that there was a delay in receiving copies in the UK so this many be the reason why you haven't got yours yet. Many thanks
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