LEFT TO RIGHT: JANET SLUIS, KRISTEN WICKERT, JENNIFER JEWELL, ANNIE HAYES, YOLANDA BURRELL, CLARE COOPER MARCUS, LESLIE BENNETT
Yesterday, March 1st - Women's History Month kicked off.
Tomorrow, March 3rd - The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants is OUT IN THE WORLD.
Published by Timber Press to celebrate the power of voice (it is Super Tuesday after all and what is a vote if not a voice in action?), heart and hands in full alignment - to celebrate the power of women working in the world of plants and growing the world they want to see for the future, environmentally, culturally, spiritually, and economically.
THE EARTH IN HER HANDS IN THE WILD.
On Friday the 28th, John and I were in Berkeley at Mrs Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts Bookstore in Berkeley, CA to celebrate the launch of the book with a warm and bright audience - and in the company of 6 of the women from the book (see top photo): Dr. Clare Cooper Marcus, retired professor from the department of landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and a leading voice in the therapeutic landscapes field of research and evidence based design for effective healing garden spaces in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient service centers and the like; Annie Hayes, founder of Annie's Annuals; Leslie Bennett, owner of Pine House Edible Landscapes and founder of the Black Sanctuary Gardens Project in Oakland, California; Janet Sluis, plant breeder for Plant Developent, Inc. in charge of the responsible and climate appropriate plant selections offered by Sunset Western Garden Plant Selection; Dr. Kristen Wickert, plant pathologist and plant educator; and Yolanda Burrell, founder and owner of Pollinate Farm and Garden in Oakland, whose belief it is that "we all have gardening and growing in our DNA and she wants to help people remember what they might have long forgotten."
While their backgrounds, educational pathways, and specific work fields are incredibly diverse, their heart for the work is shared.
These women are growing their communities, they are connection to the plants and soil and ecosystems around them and they are leading us forward with hope and hardworking determination. Their stories are shared in the new book, but more importantly what's shared is their glowing sense of proactive progress and leadership as a way of lifting all around them in cooperation, collaboration, and respect.
This is good work by women working in the world of plants!
Happy Women's History month!
How we lead the way forward from our best gardening selves can make all the difference in the world.
Thank you to everyone whose come out to meet me recently at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley and on March 1st itself in my home town of Chico - to meet you in person and shake your hands and hear about your work and passions with plants is so expanding to me.
Tomorrow - on the BIRTH DAY of the book, I head to the Northeast to meet many more of you. FOLLOW along with dates listed in the events page here on the CP website, or follow along on Instagram or Facebook.
To hear more about the book and the process to it, take a listen to my interview on Margaret Roach's Away To Garden Podcast, or Dave Schlom of the Blue Dot's interview. Thank you to both of them for the time and thoughtful questions.
Together - we really do GROW - I am thankful to be in this with you!
and the Cultivating Place Team
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2/13/2020: PERLA CURBELO, HORTICULTURAL THERAPY, HEALING GARDENS #3
Gifts from the Garden
The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants is being published March 3, 2020 in celebration of Women's History Month.
It's AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: signed from my website before February 15th: cultivatingplace.com/books,
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