Beth Chatto A life with plants
Published September 2019 by Pimpernel Press
'It is a fascinating, honest and skilfully put together read. It is the only book on this great woman's life, and one well worth having.'
Fergus Garrett, The Garden, April 2020
'...a triumph, beautifully crafted by an author who has thoroughly researched and understood her subject... There is so much here to keep the reader gripped.'
Fergus Garrett, Gardens Illustrated, October 2019
'.. a compelling and rewarding read, enhanced by Catherine's talents for research and telling a good story.'
The English Garden, October 2019
'Brilliant, charming and beautiful, she was a horticultural pioneer whose impact continues to this day. Her gardening genius made her the darling of pop stars, aristocrats and royalty yet as this sympathetically written biography reveals, her apparently gilded life was far more turbulent than anyone could have suspected.'
Daily Mail, September 2019
November 2018, Reaktion Press
My latest book is a cultural history of the world's favourite flower. I thought I knew about roses when I started writing this - I do now! From fossils to fragrances, religions to royalty, the rose has been key.
I started my career as a journalist, drifted into academia and out again to be a full-time writer about my favourite things - dress and gardening history. In addition to writing for publications such as Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden, I've worked on exhibitions and broadcasts especially on the history of women in horticulture. Nowadays, when I'm not writing or working on my roof garden, I give talks on all my topics.