Author(s): Catherine Horwood
Beth Chatto is one of the most influential gardeners in our history. This extraordinary person will touch generations of gardeners to come. Gardeners from all over the world have taken her lead on the right plant, right place and have had our eyes opened to texture, shape and form. - Fergus Garrett Of all the gardeners I know, it is for Beth that I feel the deepest respect. - Alan Titchmarsh Beth's garden was perhaps the most original British horticultural creation of the twentieth century. It will continue to have a profound effect on designers across the world in the twenty-first century. - James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, Sheffield University Beth Chatto: A Life in Plants tells the story of the most influential British plantswoman of the past hundred 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 twentieth century, among them The Dry Garden, The Damp Garden, and Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden. Some years before her death in May 2018, aged ninety-four, Beth authorised 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, Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants is the personal story behind her beliefs and the struggles and determination that brought her success.