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Beth Chatto (1923–2018)

Autor(a) de Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening

14+ Works 657 Membros 8 Críticas

About the Author

Beth Chatto was born Betty Diana Little in Good Easter, Essex, England on June 27, 1923. She was a horticulturist, who lectured on the importance of providing garden plants with an environment as close as possible to their native habitat. She wrote numerous books including The Dry Garden, The Damp mostrar mais Garden, Plant Portraits, Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook, The Green Tapestry, The Gravel Garden, and The Woodland Garden. Letters she exchanged with Christopher Lloyd were published in Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening. She received several awards including the Lawrence Memorial Medal, the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honor, and the Garden Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She was appointed OBE in 2002. She died on May 13, 2018 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Beth Chatto

The Dry Garden (1978) 84 exemplares, 1 crítica
Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden (2000) 80 exemplares
The Damp Garden (1982) 77 exemplares, 1 crítica
Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook (1988) 76 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Green Tapestry (1989) 70 exemplares, 1 crítica
Plant portraits (1985) 19 exemplares
Unusual Plants (1993) 14 exemplares
A Year in the Life of Beth Chatto's Gardens (2012) 12 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Beth Chatto Gardens (1997) 2 exemplares, 1 crítica

Associated Works

Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman (2018) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Little, Beth (birth name)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Good Easter, Essex, UK
Local de falecimento
Elmstead Market, Essex, UK
Lloyd, Christopher (friend)
Prémios e menções honrosas
OBE, 2002
Lawrence Memorial Medal, 1987



davidhindle | Nov 2, 2023 |
Beth Chatto is a highly respected plantswoman, as both designer and plant ecologist. This book focuses on her own garden, which has many different zones with differences in soil type, sun/shade exposure, degree of moisture available, etc., and shows us how she has planted the areas. Her philosophy of planting is to observe what conditions your garden has (and, like her, you may have more than one type of area) and select plants that like those conditions. In quest of this information, she has spent time looking up where original species came from. Don’t think because she is planting to suit the site that her plantings are boring; she has used many plants that are less common. The area of England that she lives in is drier and colder than most of Great Britain, so her conditions are more like the USA. Five stars for solid information.… (mais)
lauriebrown54 | Dec 31, 2017 |
Slightly repetitive and at times just a list of plants rather than any detail on growing etc. My favourite aspects were those dealing with,everyday life at the nursery,
rlangston | Mar 8, 2015 |
(This review was originally written for The Garden Bloggers' Book club)

I have to admit to a certain hesitancy when Two Gardeners: Katherine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence – A Friendship in Letters was chosen for the February 2007 selection for GBBC. After all, it’s rude to read other people’s correspondence. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Both the writers and the writing were so engaging that by the end of the book, I felt as if we were old friends. Based on that, I was looking forward to this month’s selection, Dear Friend & Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd.

I had trouble with this book. I just couldn’t get into it. Was it because I don’t share the authors’ fascination with the many types of snowdrops? Or maybe because I don’t care for opera? And what exactly does opera have to do with gardening? Perhaps it was the writing. The letters were more esoteric discussions than chatty correspondence between two gardeners who are also close friends. Are the English more formal in their letter-writing?

The answer, of course, is that these are not “real” letters. They are merely a literary device suggested and edited by publishers. This was hinted at by Mr. Lloyd in his introduction but I didn’t catch on until the very end when the “correspondence” drew to a close. I read the entire book under the impression that I was reading genuine letters originally written with no thought of future publication. Once it was revealed that the “letters” were written specifically to be published in book form, I felt cheated. It should have been clearly stated at the beginning that this is a collection of essays addressed to each other so that the reader is not led to think that s/he is about to be privy to something special.
… (mais)
2 vote
OldRoses | Jul 26, 2008 |


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