Each month for the past 15 years or so, we try to recommend a flower book for the floral and plant enthusiast. Usually we choose a how-to book that shows the reader a new technique, floral style or trend. The book we are recommending this month is one of inspiration. We had the pleasure of hearing its author speak at this year’s Slow Flowers Summit. 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. Her book, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants is a wonderful collection of profiles of people working in the worlds of gardens, plants and flowers. Some of our favorite people are represented here including Debra Prinzing, Amy Stewart, Francoise Weeks, Erin Benzakein and Leslie Bennett.
Jennifer Jewell speaks at The Slow Flowers Summit this year at Filoli. Photo by Kit Wertz.
The people featured in this book come from different parts of the plant world as botanical scientists, floral designers, landscape architects, journalists, educators, plant hunters, social justice advocates, farmers and more. While it’s not a complete list, it’s a hardy one and offers a glimpse into this wonderful world of living things and how we appreciate them as humans and how we connect through plants and flowers in our communities.
This book is available as an audio book read by Cindy Kay , Kindle and hard cover copy. Please visit Jennifer’s website to learn more about her podcast, Cultivating Place and all her books.