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Beth Chatto


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Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. Her book, Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010) was enthusiastically received. "Horwood strikes gold," said the Guardian. "Packed with lovely detail and quirky stories," wrote the Mail on Sunday. "Gardening Women is rich, full and lasting. Neither gardens nor women will seem quite the same again," said The Times. The American edition appeared shortly after under the title Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today (Ball Publishing, Chicago). Catherine Horwood's other books include Rose (Reaktion, 2018), Potted History: The Story of Plants and the Home (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars (Sutton, 2005). She has also written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Daily Mail, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden. Her blog,, has a worldwide following.


"Catherine Horwood's book is a triumph, beautifully crafted by an author who has thoroughly researched and understood her subject. From start to finish, this publication gives us a real understanding of Beth's life. There is so much here to keep the reader gripped."

-- Fergus Garrett * Gardens Illustrated *

"The life story of this elegant plant guru contains enough drive and determination to inspire any modern woman...To meet, Beth was an inscrutable coiled spring of a person, beautifully composed, a brilliant lecturer and writer and, of course, a terrific grower...This book shows what a remarkable woman she was."

-- Mary Keen * Country Life *

"A compelling and revealing read, enhanced by Catherine's talents for research and tellling a good story."

* The English Garden *

"A triumph ... beautifully crafted by an author who has thoroughly researched and understood her subject."

-- Fergus Garrett * Gardens Illustrated *

"Brilliant, charming and beautiful, she was a horticultural pioneer whose impact continues to this day. Her gardening genius made her the darling of pop stars, aristocrats and royalty - yet as this sympathetically written biography reveals, her apparently gilded life was far more turbulent than anyone could have suspected."

* Daily Mail *

"Catherine Horwood more than does justice to this iconic gardening legend...a delightful memoir of a remarkable woman. Beautifully illustrated and superbly written...a fitting tribute to one of horticulture's most iconic women."

* Reckless Gardener *

"This fascinating, beautifully-written biography paints a fond and intimate portrait of one of the true greats of the gardening world."

* Irish Times *

"Impeccably researched."

* House & Garden *

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