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“Of all the gardeners I know, it is for Beth that I feel the deepest respect.” – Alan Titchmarsh
A Wivenhoe Bookshop Event
Beth Chatto – A life with plants
with Catherine Horwood
7pm (7.30pm start) Friday 13th March
Nottage Maritime Institute
Call Wivenhoe Bookshop to book on 01206 824050
Beth Chatto: A life with plants tells the story of the most influential British plantswoman 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 Garden, The Damp Garden, and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden. Some years before her death in May 2018, aged ninety-four, Beth authorized Catherine Horwood to write her biography, with exclusive access to her archive.
Beth Chatto: A life with plants 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. For Beth’s legions of fans, Beth Chatto: A life with plants is the personal story behind her beliefs and the struggles and determination that brought her success. It also details her great friendships with two of the other giants of UK gardening: Cedric Morris and Christopher Lloyd.
About the Author
Catherine Horwood academic interests are in horticultural and fashion history. Her previous books include Rose (Reaktion, 2018), Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010).