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Beth Chatto
Beth Chatto

Beth Chatto

A Life with Plants


288 Pages, 6.75 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $45.00 (US $45.00) (CA $61.00)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781910258828

Rights: US & CA

Pimpernel Press (Oct 2019)

Price: $45.00


The story of the most influential British plantswoman of the past 100 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 20th century, among them The Dry Garden, The Damp Garden, and Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden. Some years before her death in May 2018, aged 94, Beth authorized 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. For Beth's legions of fans, here is the personal story behind her beliefs and the struggles and determination that brought her success.


"Of all the gardeners I know, it is for Beth that I feel the deepest respect." —Alan Titchmarsh

Author Biography

Catherine Horwood is a social historian whose books include Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today.