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Podcast 37 – Beth Chatto with Catherine Horwood

This week I’m talking to Catherine Horwood, authorised biographer of Beth Chatto and author of the recently released Beth Chatto: A Life With Plants. Catherine was hugely privileged to be given access to Beth’s personal diaries and I’m sure there are lots more stories she could tell you about Beth that didn’t make it into the book, but the snippets of Beth’s journals and the biographical information that are in the book paint a wonderful picture of Beth as a wife, a mother, an employer, a gardener and as the RHS crowned her this year an “Iconic Horticultural Hero”.

About Catherine Horwood:

Catherine is a freelance author and journalist and is the authorised biographer of Beth Chatto. As well as writing the recently released Beth Chatto: A Life With Plants, Catherine has written Rose (Reaktion, 2018) Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010) and contributes articles to Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden and several national newspapers.

What we talk about:

Beth’s early career in flower arranging

How she changed to fit in with the socials circles she found herself moving in

The move to White Barn House

Her friendship with Christopher Lloyd

The inspiration for the gravel garden

Her awards and the recognition she gained worldwide

Her legacy, the future of the nursery and the Beth Chatto Education Trust


Beth Chatto: A Life With Plants– Catherine Horwood, Pimpernel Press, 2019

Catherine Horwood

The Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Nursery

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