Meeting 26th March 2019

Talk by Katherine Bradley

“Early Women Professional Gardeners”

Katherine Bradley’s talk described the lives and work of some of the pioneering early women gardeners in the context of the emerging and developing role of women in this and other areas of professional activity in the late 19th and early 20 century. 

Notable among these were Jane Loudon (described as the Mrs Beeton of Victorian gardening) and the well-known Gertrude Jekyll (shown here)


as well as Beatrix Havergal and Avice Sanders, the co-founders of Waterperry Horticultural School at Waterperry Gardens near Wheatley.

Katherine Bradley also mentioned Norah Lindsay, a socialite garden designer who lived in Sutton Courtenay Manor.  Between the World Wars, Lindsay became a well-known designer and landscape gardener and had a major influence on garden design and planting in the United Kingdom and on the Continent.

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 26th March 2019  7.30 pm

About the Speaker

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Katherine Bradley has long been fascinated by women’s history. She gives talks on various aspects of 19th and 20th century women’s history linked to Oxfordshire.

She taught history and social sciences at the Open University and history at Oxford Brookes.  She was a co-founder of the annual Oxford International Women’s Festival which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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