H 245 x W 174 mm
Published Oct 2023
The Lady Gardeners are those women who, from the eighteenth century to the present day, have been working in a garden, from imagining and creating it, to sowing, planting, pruning, painting and photographing plants, and moving from garden design to more urgent themes such as landscape conservation and environmental issues.
Introduction: Lady Gardeners, from England to the wider world – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 1: The Eighteenth Century: three princesses at Kew Gardens – Anna Zappatini
Chapter 2: Dorothy Wordsworth: a Romantic garden in the Lake District – Anna Rudelli
Chapter 3: Jane Loudon, notes on gardening for Victorian ladies – Anna Zappatini
Chapter 4: Marianne North, the world is a garden to paint – Anna Zappatini
Chapter 5: Children and Gardens by Gertrude Jekyll: training young gardeners – Anna Rudelli
Chapter 6: Beatrix Potter, playful and scientific illustrations. From Peter Rabbit to landscape conservation – Anna Rudelli
Chapter 7: Garden and Landscape in North America: Beatrix Farrand’s inscription of Eden in the wilderness of the New World – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 8: Vita Sackville-West: a garden that looks like home, from Knole to Sissinghurst – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 9: Edna Walling and her gardening work, or ‘the happiest days of my life’ – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 10: History, design, vision: Sylvia Crowe – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 11: The adventure of an exotic species: Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard – Francesca Orestano
Chapter 12: Rosemary Verey: re-reading English history in the modern garden – Anna Zappatini
Chapter 13: Beth Chatto: going along with the environment, or ‘the right plant for the right place’ – Anna Zappatini
Francesca Orestano, Professor of English Literature at the University of Milan, works in the areas of landscape aesthetics, garden history, Victorian and Dickens studies, art criticism and John Ruskin, the gothic and the baroque, and children’s literature.
Michael Vickers is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, and Emeritus Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at Jesus College (where he was once Garden Master). His research interests include the archaeology, history and literature of the Greek and Roman worlds.