Women in My Rose Garden: The History, Romance and Adventure of Old Roses (Hardcover)
A sumptuously illustrated celebration of 34 remarkable women and the beautiful heritage roses that are named after them
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'Orléans, Nancy Steen, and Nur Mahal? Among the more than 30 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 woman and a sumptuous photograph of her rose by the acclaimed French naturalist photographer Paul Starosta. Women in my Rose Garden will make a perfect gift, not only for rosarians and gardeners, but for all those with a love of history, romance, and adventure.
“From the seductive Empress Josephine to the intrepid Grace Darling, Chapman profiles women who have made a significant contribution to history as well as horticulture. Accompanied by drop-dead-gorgeous photographs, each flower’s provenance and cultural requirements are briefly offered to further encourage rose aficionados to include these sumptuous, significant treasures in their gardens.” —Booklist