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Monday 6th November 2023 | 12 noon

Event 7 | Fiona Davison | An Almost Impossible Thing


Fiona Davison – An Almost Impossible Thing – The Radical Lives of Britain’s Pioneering Women Gardeners

While working at the Royal Horticultural Society, Fiona Davison discovered a cache of letters from a young gardener who was denied a scholarship by the RHS on the grounds that she was female. Appalled and intrigued, she began to research the wider story of early female professional gardeners during a period when British gardens were an arena for radical and far-reaching experiments. An Almost Impossible Thing is a fascinating insight into the lives of six hitherto little-known women gardeners in the years before WWI.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Deirdre Coates, Chair of Trustees

When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 12 noon
Where: The Bull Ballroom
Sponsored by: Dorset Walled Garden


Fiona Davison is Head of Libraries and Exhibitions at the Royal Horticultural Society. She is also the author of The Hidden Horticulturalists: The Working-Class Men Who Shaped Britain’s Gardens, which became a Top Ten Gardening Book in the Sunday Telegraph and was described as ‘delightful’ (Daily Mail), ‘highly original’ (Gardens Illustrated) and praised for its ‘deep research and insight’ (Literary Review).


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