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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
Celebrate International Women's Day with the story of the first women gardeners who worked at Kew - Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Gardening Women
The late David Austin named many of his roses after women but who were his favourite 'Gardening Women'? Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Gardening Women
Thanks Richard - we'll wait for your updates
Image copyright RHS Lindley Collections Image caption Like most women of her time, Olive gave up her career when she married William Edmundson. She devoted her time to looking after her four children and eventually moved to Settle, to be near her daughter, Ruth, and her grandchildren. via Lovely... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 19, 2018 at Gardening Women
URGENT - please object to the proposed demolition of the Hextable Heritage Centre, in Kent, home to so much women's horticultural history Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Gardening Women
The star line-up has been announced for the Beth Chatto Symposium to be held at the University of Essex, 30-31 August 2018, with speakers from across the world, including Marina Christopher, Andi Pettis, Midori Shintani and Åsa Gregers-Warg. For full details of all the speakers and the programme, visit Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Gardening Women
Absolutely delighted to be on this panel of some of the very best 'gardening women' in this country! Come and join us at Coutts in the Strand in aid of Open Garden Squares weekend on Thursday 7 June #womeninhorticulture @OpenSquares including Sarah Eberle, Charlotte Harris, Charlotte Rowe, Juliet Sergeant, Miranda... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Gardening Women
Highlights of this exhibition, 'Gardening Women', include a beautiful suffrage banner embroidered by Gertrude Jekyll and one of Vita Sackville-West's own garden notes which, we believe, has never been publically displayed before. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Gardening Women
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