The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Regular price $ 35.00

by Jennifer Jewell

Timber Press

3/3/2020, hardcover

SKU: 9781604699029


In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up.

Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell's portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world--and our lives.


"A fine collection of profiles of women involved with horticulture... all of whom have a passion for sharing their love of the natural world. This volume should be inspirational to anyone working with plants." -Publishers Weekly

"An informative and celebratory resource." -Booklist

"Should you be looking for inspiration in these challenging times, it can be found in the stories of the women profiled in The Earth in Her Hands... it is also a celebration of the vibrant women forging new paths in horticulture and its allied professions today." -Landscape Notes

About the Author:

Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Since 2016, she has written and hosted the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place, a coproduction of North State Public Radio in Chico, California. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of a garden- and floral-designing mother and a wildlife biologist father. Jennifer has been writing about gardening professionally since 1998, and her work has appeared in Gardens Illustrated, House & Garden, Natural Home, Old House Journal, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and Pacific Horticulture.