Gardening Women: Their Stories From 1600 to the Present Hardcover – 6 May 2010
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** 'An authoritative writer . . . it is about time that women gardeners received the generous tribute awarded to them by Horwood's splendid book . . . lively, superbly researched and highly enjoyable (LITERARY REVIEW)
** 'Women, like weeds, are everywhere in gardening history. In gathering their stories and describing their influences and achievements Horwood has done a terrific, pioneering job. Beautifully structured and cogently written, GARDENING WOMEN is as rich, f (THE TIMES)
** 'For anyone interested in the long and fascinating history of women and their gardens, Horwood's book, with its cast scope . . . and plethora of fascinating detail, is an admirable starting point (DAILY MAIL)
** 'An interesting, well-told story (FINANCIAL TIMES)
* An inspirational social history of women's involvement with plants and gardening over the centuriesSee all Product Description
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Altogether I was disappointed in this book and also feel that far more illustrations could have been used.
I was also disappointed by Horwood's snobbish attitude to agriculture. On page 329, referring to those women who worked on farms during the war, she says 'this type of agricultural work was quite different from horticulture. It was dirty and exhausting, and could be done by 'townies' with the minimum of training.' Agriculture and horticulture both have tasks which may be done by the untrained; they also both have tasks which require great skill and understanding. I would like to see a 'townie' (or Horwood herself!) plough a field with 'the minimum of training'! Horwood is obviously annoyed by the lack of respect given to women gardeners through history, so it is sad to see her handing out the same patronising comments to female farmworkers.
In spite of these minor annoyances, this is a good book and well-worth reading. I would just like to see one that covers the topic in more depth...a 'double digging' job instead of a 'forking over' one!
I also felt the book was too superficial. There was too little depth. Often I found myself starting to get interested only to find that the subject petered out and was never returned to. At times it seemed to me to be almost a race to rattle off as many names as possible with little background information. In addition I thought there were far too few photographs or descriptions of the gardens mentioned, there was very little information about planting or design styles. For example, at the very beginning of the book there is a reference to the recent recreation of Eleanor of Aquitaine's garden at Winchester but there is neither a photograph nor drawing to provide elucidation.Read more ›
No, her god-mother did not make her the sole beneficiary of her vast fortune. Her sister Rose got an equal amount, and there were many other lesser beneficiaries. Ellen Willmott's share was considerable, but not vast.
No, Warley Place was not the one-time home of John Evelyn, although Ellen Willmott herself liked to say it was.
No, her parents did not both die in 1891. Her father died in 1892 and her mother in 1898.
No, her faithful butler was not the only one who stayed with her to the end. Her very talented alpine gardener Jacob Maurer was with her for forty years and stayed after her death supervising the transport of plants to Spetchley Park.
No, Warley Place was not a vast estate. It was only 33 acres when the family bought it and 75 when it was sold.
No, she did not have a vast collection of horticultural books. Her collection, mostly single books, was auctioned in 575 lots and less than half were horticultural. Most were musical or historical. Most were very rare and accordingly valuable though.
These errors, for me, cast doubt on the facts contained elsewhere in the book. However having said that, it still seems to me to be a book well worth reading.
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This was a gift for a friend who enjoyed it also her daughter who is a professionel gardener and found it very interesting.Published on 27 April 2013 by sheila Barrell
I purchased this book as a present for a family memeber. They have told me the book is wonderful,and that the stories are very interesting. The perfect presentPublished on 4 Jan. 2011 by Ms. S. Urwin
I enjoyed this book very much, it has been researched and written with precision and accuracy. It is insightful and clearly written by someone with an unrivaled love of gardening. Read morePublished on 19 May 2010 by Mrs. Dec Godfrey