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Catherine Horwood


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Beth Chatto A life with plants

Published September 2019 by Pimpernel Press

WINNER European Garden Book of the Year 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

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The houseplant is undergoing a renaissance in popularity - this revised and updated edition will delight lovers of indoor plants

"I recommend Catherine Horwood's Potted is full of excellent detail and has taught me much."

Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times, November 2020

"Catherine is a consummate garden historian with a talent for storytelling. This work reflects her considerable skill."

The English Garden, November 2020

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About Me

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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.

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