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Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants by Catherine Horwood

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Join us for the first of our winter lectures hosted online via Zoom. Free for members of DHHS and £5 for non-members.

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Beth Chatto is arguably one of the most influential gardening figures in the last century. In this talk, Catherine Horwood, the official biographer for Beth Chatto, talks about Beth's lifelong interest in plants and nature and her unique approach to growing plants. In her late eighties, Beth began to collaborate with her dear friend and author, Catherine Horwood, on documenting her life. Beth had always been an avid diary writer and author herself, of course, so the content of this biography is full of details and events in Beth's life that few knew about, and certainly were never published. Catherine spent more than 500 hours talking to Beth and her friends and family, and many more hours exploring Beth's extensive collection of personal diaries, letters, photographs and hand-written notes.

"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 Chatto: A Life in Plants tells the story of the most influential British plants woman 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.

Catherine Horwood started her career as a journalist, drifted into academia and out again to be a full-time writer. In addition to writing for publications such as Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden, she has worked on exhibitions and broadcasts especially on the history of women in horticulture. She is also the author of Rose, Gardening Women: Their Stories 1600 to the Present and Potted History: How Houseplants Took Over Our Homes. Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants was the winner of the European Gardening Book of the Year in 2019.

This lecture will be held online via Zoom and a link to the talk will be sent out one week in advance and then again 2 days prior to the talk. This talk will be recorded and made available to registered participants for one week afterwards.

The lecture is free to all members of the Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society.

Join us for two more lectures:

Thursday, 24 February: Pruning and Caring for Fruit Trees with RHS Specialist Jim Arbury

Thursday, 17 March: Creating Your Garden - Tips for Thriving Plants in Spaces that Work with Barney Millard

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The Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society was formed in 1925 with the express aim of encouraging the love of gardening both for personal pleasure and good health. The Society has community at the heart of its ethos and welcomes anyone in Dunsfold, Hascombe and the surrounding area that has a shared interest in gardening and wishes to learn more about good practice whether it be for ornamental gardens or growing vegetables and fruit for the family. All are welcome.

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