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women in history

An excerpt from Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

April 11, 2017

I am the person you spot up in the tree, dirt smeared across my face. “Is that a large bird up there?” you may wonder.

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An interview with Leslie Buck

February 7, 2017

“Even more than success, mistakes are the key to learning and personal growth, and the lessons often stick.” —Leslie Buck

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The early life of Ruth Bancroft: The woman who inspired the Garden Conservancy

October 4, 2016

Like so many of us, Ruth Bancroft started life as an inquisitive child with a love of nature. Through her work at the iconic Ruth Bancroft Garden, she shaped the world of landscaping with a waterwise collage of colors and textures that proves a well-curated dry garden never goes out of style.

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On plant explorers, cross-dressing, and nursery rhymes

April 13, 2012

Most of us were taught that the first man to circumnavigate the globe was Ferdinand Magellan. Actually, Magellan died before he could complete the voyage, but at least his expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe. But do you know who was the first woman to do so? Her name was Jeanne Baret, and […]

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