Book Review: The Earth in Her Hands

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants” by Jennifer Jewell.

Reviewed by Rosemary Ulph

This new book by Cultivating Place radio presenter Jennifer Jewell, gives us valuable insight into how our notable sisters from around the globe are making their mark in the horticultural world.

The selection of women covers a wide variety of countries and cultures from North America, Europe and Asia, as well as some of our own women. Drawing mainly on her US counterparts, Jewell has interspersed these with profiles of women from other countries. Occupations represented are as diverse as florists, writers, head gardeners, artists, environmentalists, landscape architects, educators, photographers and much more.

Each profile gives a brief description of the subject’s occupation, her favourite plant, and then her plant journey, with accompanying photos.

Jewell’s excellent compilation of stories of passion and dedication is a testament to the value of women to the industry and a great inspiration for the women who follow them.

This book will be one of the lucky prizes at one of our future events.

The Earth in Her Hands is published by Timber Press and is available at all good book retailers and online. 


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