Beth Chatto A Life with PlantsSKU: ART/999
"She started to hand over personal diaries she had kept daily, a near-complete run from 1963 into the Nineties. They were astonishingly frank and revealed two unsuspected strands of her life..." The Telegraph
Beth Chatto's official biography has received fantastic reviews in the press. We are hosting the launch of the biography here at the Gardens, on the 4th and 5th October with author Catherine Horwood and we invite you to come along.
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's garden was perhaps the most original British horticultural creation of the twentieth century. It will continue to have a profound effect on designers across the world in the twenty-first century." - James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, Sheffield University
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.
Some years before her death in May 2018, aged 94, Beth authorised Catherine Horwood to write her biography, with exclusive access to her archive. It also includes extracts from Beth's notebooks and diaries, never previously published, bringing Beth's own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book.Most of the photographs from Beth's personal archives, have also never been seen in print before.
For Beth's legions of fans, Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants, published by Pimpernel Press, is the personal story behind her beliefs and the struggles and determination that brought her success.
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What size pots will my plants be supplied in?
Our plants are sold in a range of pot sizes dependent upon their growth needs:
9cm – for all our alpine plants
1 Litre – for the majority of our herbaceous perennials
2 Litre (occasionally 3 Litre) – for shrubs and those herbaceous perennials which require a larger root run
Some plants may be supplied 'bare root' and will be of comparable size to pot grown plants.
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Where do you deliver?
We are pleased to be able to deliver our plants throughout the Great Britain. Unfortunately, with the current Brexit situation, we are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We do not deliver overseas.
How much does delivery cost?
Rather than absorb the cost of postage within our plant price we prefer to charge a realistic postage and packing charge.
For orders dispatched to England, Wales and Scottish Lowlands the charge for delivery is:
£9.95 for orders up to £200
£15.00 for orders from £200 to £500
£20.00 for all orders over £500
Please see our Delivery Information page for more details and charges for Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of man, Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles.
When will I receive my order?
Once you’ve placed your order online you will receive a confirmation email. Your order will then be dealt with as quickly as possible by our experienced mail order team. During peak periods it can take up to 10 working days to receive your plants. Once the team have selected your plants the status of your order will change to “processing”. Finally - when your order has been carefully prepared and boxed and is ready to be collected by our courier - you will receive a dispatch email and can expect your plants to arrive the following day (for mainland England, Wales & Scottish Lowlands). We use an overnight delivery service to ensure that your plants spend the minimum amount of time in transit. Orders with multiple boxes, can be separated in transit, but should be with you shortly. Please see our Delivery Information page for more details and charges for Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of man, Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles.
How do I track my delivery?
Once you receive your dispatch email and our couriers have scanned the plants onto their system, please click on the tracking number link and you will be redirected to our couriers website. Enter your tracking number and postcode there and you will be able to track the progess of your parcel(s).
On the day of delivery you will also receive an email and/or text to your mobile number, with a delivery time slot.
Why has my plant been cut back?
Traditionally, the mail order plant season has run from October to March. This was because many plants would be dormant during this time of the year and foliage would either be reduced or absent, making them easier to post.
Now, mail order runs all year round and this may mean we need to cut back some of your plants, particularly from April to October. Plants with tall flowering stems and lots of foliage may lose a great deal of water in transit and cutting back helps reduce this stress. Cutting back will not harm your plants but will help in their establishment by promoting new root and shoot growth once planted.
Why are there plants missing from my order?
Occasionally plants will not be sent due to poor plant quality. This should be noted on your invoice contained within your order and a refund will go back to your original payment method. Refunds will normally take 2-4 working days to process. Should you not have received your refund, please email us through our contact page
Are dogs welcome in the gardens?
Only assistance dogs are welcome in the gardens. We recommend leaving dogs at home as our car park is very open with no shaded areas.