A History of Gardening Women with Dr. Alette Fleischer - Context Travel

A History of Gardening Women with Dr. Alette Fleischer


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Green thumbs? Come and learn about the unnamed women of herbs to better-known horticulturalists, such as seventeenth-century Maria Sybilla Merian and nineteenth-century Gertrude Jekyll. This conversation is all about women and their passion for plants and gardens.

Explore the narratives of the countless women that were active in gardens in one way or another, throughout history. We’ll learn how women were active as herbalists possessing knowledge and skill to work with medicinal plants. We’ll discuss how women worked alongside male gardeners maintaining the flowerbeds, as well as pruning vines and roses. Women experimented with greenhouses in order to grow pineapples and other exotic plants and traveled to Dutch colonies to study the natural beauty of these places. Our conversation will cover women in all garden forms: as horticulturalists, florists, garden owners, and designers of gardens and landscapes.

Garden history has long been focused on male gardeners, but the tide has started to change. This conversation will highlight a few of these forgotten women, while at the same time addressing why female gardeners have disappeared from the history of gardens and gardening. We’ll learn not only about “gardeners” but more generally about women who were passionate about nature’s beautiful plants in all its facets and about ladies with a clear vision on garden and landscape design throughout the ages.

Led by an expert on garden history, Dr. Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the history of female gardening personalities. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased awareness in the lesser-known history of women in the field of garden architecture, botany, horticulturalists, and plant growers.

Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a PhD in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times. Motto: staying curious is key for being a good historian.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Distracting hearing so many references to Alette's sister...participants did not enroll to hear (at least 6 times!) about how much she admired her sister?!? A bit unprofessional.

Secondly, It would have been more interesting to reduce the number of paintings featuring women in subservient roles--e.g.lots of weeding going on...and hear if there were any women botanists related to e.g. the starting of Kew Gardens, e.g. working with Sir Joseph Banks, Linnaeus, Darwin, etc.

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Distracting hearing so many references to Alette's sister...participants did not enroll to hear (at least 6 times!) about how much she admired her sister?!? A bit unprofessional.

Secondly, It would have been more interesting to reduce the number of paintings featuring women in subservient roles--e.g.lots of weeding going on...and hear if there were any women botanists related to e.g. the starting of Kew Gardens, e.g. working with Sir Joseph Banks, Linnaeus, Darwin, etc.