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Women in Garden History
19
Apr

Forgotten Women Gardeners. Four more unsung heroines. Zoom lectures

The Gardens Trust Organiser of Forgotten Women Gardeners The Gardens Trust is the UK national charity dedicated to working with the national network of County Garden Trusts in protecting our heritage of designed gardens and landscapes. Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust, as a County Garden Trust, campaign on its behalf, undertake research and conservation work, train volunteers...
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Margaret Ursula Mee (1909–1988)

Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Margaret Ursula Mee (1909–1988) Margaret Mee, a celebrated botanical artist whose exotic paintings of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest flora are exhibited around the world, started life in a modest but happy family among the farms and fields of early 20th-century Chesham. Born Margaret Ursula Brown on 22nd May 1909 in...
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Alice de Rothschild

Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Alice de Rothschild Alice Charlotte von Rothschild was born in Frankfurt on 17 February 1847. She spent her early years in Vienna, and after the death of her mother in 1859 spent time with various European relatives including at Aston Clinton and Mentmore. When her brother Ferdinand’s wife Evelina died...
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Kay Naylor Sanecki (1922-2005)

  Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Kay Naylor Saneski   (1922 – 2005) Archivist, writer, editor, garden historian and horticulturalist Kay’s 100th birthday would have been in 2022, and interestingly this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of The Garden History Journal as well as the Bucks Gardens Trust’s 25th Anniversary and of course the Queen’s...
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14
Mar

Weeding Women: Shaping England’s Gardens

In Stephen Switzer’s Practical Husbandman and Planter (1733), he recommends wide paths between beds for ease of access and as we can see from this quote, weeder woman and boys to pick off and destroy snails and slugs every morning! Who does the weeding in your household and that of your family, neighbours and friends?...
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09
Mar

Maud Grieve ‘Now first let me tell you about that wonderful plant’ by Claire de Carle

MAUD GRIEVE Self-published by the author claire@decarle.plus.com ISBN 978-1-911133-21-6 To order your copy email the author: claire@decarle.plus.com £12.00 including postage & packing The Whins in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire is where Maud Grieve and her husband lived from about 1908 and is where she established her Medicinal Plant Nursery and Training School during the First...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Maud Grieve herbalist 80th Anniversary

2021 marks the 80th Anniversary of the death of Maud Grieve The inspirational herbalist, writer, teacher and gardener ‘Now let me tell you about that wonderful plant’* Maud Grieve was born in London in 1858. She spent her early married life in India, and on their return at the end of the 19th century the...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Margery Fish

Margery Fish (1892–1969) Plantswoman and garden writer ‘Margery Fish, virtually single-handedly, was responsible for the renewed popularity of the ‘cottage garden’ style of planting in the second half of the twentieth century’ (Catherine Horwood). Margery Fish (née Townsend) has a very tenuous link with Buckinghamshire: although she probably visited her family in Chalfont St Peter...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Valerie Finnis

Valerie Finnis (1924–2006) Photographer, lecturer and gardener Although Valerie Finnis did not live in Buckinghamshire, the Bucks Garden Trust has much to be indebted to her for. The Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants to horticultural and art history projects and was established in accordance with the will of Lady Montague Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in...
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