IoH president Sue Minter publishes Alicia Amherst biography

President of the Institute of Horticulture, Sue Minter, has published a new book on Alicia Amherst just in time for Christmas.

The Well-connected Gardener is a biography of distinguished Victorian and Edwardian horticulturalist and author of the seminal tome, A History of Gardening in England, Alicia Amherst.

This and other works such as, London Parks and Gardens (1907) and Historic Gardens of England (1938) are important historical records, the first of which has never really been superseded in the comprehensive treatment of its subject, argues Minter.

The Well-connected Gardener is the first biography of Amherst and according to Minter, it "reveals a woman of remarkable gifts and energy. Not only was she passionate about plants and gardens, being both an observant botanist and a very practical gardener, she was active in politics, becoming prominent in the British Women's Emigration Association and, after World War I, in the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women. Coming from a privileged background she was, in every sense, ‘well-connected’ – and she used her connections well, as this volume shows."

The Well-connected Gardener is available from bookshops, online retailers, or by post. See flyer attached for details.

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