Meet five inspirational women gardeners
For centuries, women’s ambitions to forge green-fingered careers were an uphill struggle for recognition and acceptance in a male dominated world.
Just a few generations ago, female head gardeners were a rarity, but now women are involved in all areas of horticulture and heritage gardening.
Here we take a look behind the scenes at some of the fascinating and diverse roles women gardeners hold today in the gardens we look after.
" There are few jobs where you’re thinking with your eyes the whole time. It’s about attention to detail, noticing when an orchard is in early decline or finding practical and innovative ways to care for our gardens."
" Gardening is vital for my soul. It’s intellectually challenging and varied. It’s also a profession of equal opportunities; we have almost as many women gardeners as men."
" Horticulture is a hugely misunderstood profession. Every facet of science, travel, art, history and society has a connection to plants."