You can hear me talking about 'Gardening Women' on BBC Radio Suffolk together with the terrific Georgina Wroe! Follow link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00v0w2x and fast forward to 2:34:00. (This link will expire on 19 July 2012.)
Today is the day that Gardening Women is officially published. This doesn't mean a great deal since it's been available for several days from Amazon and 'all good bookshops'. But I did get a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my brilliant publishers, Virago.
So I thought I'd mark the day by posting the frontispiece from a little-known nineteenth-century book, Every Lady Her Own Flower Gardener, by another 'gardening woman', Louisa Johnson, who is, of course, mentioned in the book. This title was originally published in 1839 (my copy is from 1851 so it remained in print for quite a while!). We know very little about Louisa Johnson but in her time she was a rival to the most successful nineteenth-century female horticultural writer, Jane Loudon, whom she had a dig at for using too many Latin words and technical terms.
However, as useful and compact as Louisa Johnson's little books were (she also wrote one on greenhouse gardening), it was Jane Loudon, wife of famed horticulturalist John Claudius Loudon, who triumphed in sales. Let's hope Gardening Women follows in Jane's footsteps!
This site is dedicated to women who garden past and present. Here you will find updates on famous and little-known gardening women from the past, some of whose stories appear in my book, Gardening Women, and some who don't - because there just wasn't room to get them all in. So please send me your ideas on inspiration gardening women so they can be included as well.
And as a gardener myself, I won't be able to resist writing about some of my own favourite gardens and plants as I work away on my new garden in Suffolk and high in the sky on my roof garden in London.