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  • Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place


The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World Of Plants (Timber Press, March 3, 2020)

I’m so excited to send this update!

My first book, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants will be published by Timber Press on March 3, 2020 - in celebration of Women’s History Month and in preparation for International Women’s Day on March 8.

It seemed so far away for so long and now it feels quite close - just 4 months!

Included here for you all to see are a sneak peak of the book cover and frontispiece as well as a full list of the women highlighted in the book. I’m still humbled by the depth and range these women represent and the power of their work in the world.

I will forever consider the year I spent researching and interviewing these women and writing this book one of the most expansive of my work life to date.

The book is available for pre-order (signed) on my website:,

also at IndieBound:; Barnes & Noble:; or, Amazon:

Some of the Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants - and changing the world in general while they're at it!

From the frontispiece of The Earth in Her Hands

Focusing in a wholly unique way on how horticulture intersects with our every day world and on women whose work has enriched and expanded these intersections in the last 25 years, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants explores and celebrates how the plant world is improved by not only greater representation of women generally but also by diversity amongst them.

It chronicles how working in the world of plants is a more viable and creative career path than ever before and how the plant-work world is demonstrating greater social and environmental responsibility, in large part due to the collective contributions of women.

Walking through their current and innovative work in all fields “horticultural" – botany, environmental science, landscape design and architecture, floriculture, agriculture, social justice, plant seeking and breeding, seed science, gardening, garden writing and garden photography, public garden administration, research, and public policy – illustrates larger issues and shifts in our world.

As a group, the work of these women confirms how the many challenges of our world - environmental, economic, cultural/societal, individual - can and are being met through cultivating an interdependence with plants.

Midori Shintani, head gardener, Tokachi Millenium Forest, Japan. Photo courtesy of Midori.

These women all have profoundly positive impacts on the larger world - environmentally, culturally, aesthetically, and economically - making them joyful and encouraging role models, in many ways redefining what creative, horizontal, community-based, healthy leadership looks like.

I’m so proud to share their collective work forward.

I will be speaking quite widely about the book in 2020 - in many cases in conversation with one or more of the women in the book. I really look forward to meeting up with MANY of YOU in person along the way. For an ever expanding list of my speaking dates, please see the Events page at

Thank you all for being part of this active cultivation of place in our world - we make a difference and together we make a BIG difference.

In appreciation for being in this together,


and the Cultivating Place Team



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