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Women in My Rose Garden

Many of our best-loved heritage roses are named after women and in this charming book, Ann Chapman explores the lives and stories behind the evocative names. We may be familiar with Mary Queen of Scots, Amy Robsart and Jeanne d'Arc, but who were Adelaide d'Orleans, Nancy Steen and Nur Mahal? Among the 35 women described here are serene queens, duchesses and aristocrats, courageous heroines and pioneers, as well as the passionate gardeners who contributed much to the cultivation and preservation of the roses named for each one. Each biography is beautifully illustrated with a portrait of the women and a sumptuous photograph of her rose by the acclaimed French naturalist photographer Paul Starosta. Women in my Rose Garden will make the ideal present , not only for rosarians and gardeners, but for all those with a love of history, romance and adventure.
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About the Author

Ann Chapman is a passionate rose grower and an expert on Old Roses. Wth her husband she established the Trinity Farm Living Rose Museum in New Zealand, planting their first rose bushes over twenty-five years ago. The varieties Ann has chosen for this book come from her own gardens, where she came to wonder about the stories of the women whose namesakes she saw every day. Women in my Rose Garden is the result of years of research and many hours of thoughtful gardening. Paul Starosta specialises in wildlife and plants, taking photographs for books and advertising campaigns all over the world.


"This beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful read, skilfully combining detailed rose descriptions with fascinating accounts about each rose's historical namesake." - David Austin, David Austin Roses

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