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Horticultural Education in England, 1900-40: Middle-Class Women and Private Gardening Schools

Anne Meredith
Garden History
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 67-79
DOI: 10.2307/1587402
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1587402
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Horticultural Education in England, 1900-40: Middle-Class Women and Private Gardening Schools
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Abstract

A middle-class woman wanting to train as a gardener between 1900 and 1940 could choose to attend a private gardening school instead of a horticultural college. The importance of these schools to women's horticultural education has been obscured by the fragmentary nature of the archival sources, yet they provided an important source of horticultural education. The years leading up to the First World War (began 1914) saw a number of schools open. However, numbers declined in the interwar period (1919-38) until only a handful remained. The schools, however, were an integral part of women's horticultural education as shown by the history of Aldersey Hall, near Chester, Cheshire. The school run by the Misses Cornelius Wheeler trained women in horticulture from the early years of the twentieth century to the early days of the Second World War.

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