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On-line – Beth Chatto – A Life with Plants by Dr Catherine Horwood




Beth Chatto: A Life in Plants tells the story of the most influential British plants woman of the past hundred years. Beth Chatto was the inspiration behind the ‘right plant, right place’ ethos that lies at the heart of modern gardening. She also wrote some of the best-loved gardening books of the twentieth century, among them The Dry GardenThe Damp Garden,and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden.

Some years before her death in May 2018, aged 94, Beth authorised Catherine Horwood to write her biography, with exclusive access to her archive. It also includes extracts from Beth’s notebooks and diaries, never previously published, bringing Beth’s own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book.Most of the photographs from Beth’s personal archives, have also never been seen in print before.

Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for gardening and garments. A keen gardener for over thirty years, Catherine has created three gardens that have been open through the National Gardens Scheme ‘Yellow Book’, and was for many years an assistant organiser for the NGS. Having started her career as a journalist, Catherine is now a full-time writer. In addition to writing for publications such as Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden, she has worked on exhibitions and broadcasts especially on the history of women in horticulture.  In this talk  Catherine will share with you her thoughts and experience having written this biography.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The talk will start at 18:30 via Zoom and will last approximately 90 mins.

The cost for this on-line event, is £15 per WFGA member, £25 non WFGA member.

Event Details

Date: March 25, 2021

Start time: 18:30

End time: 20:00