Having married a gardening expert, it seemed to Jane C Loudon, that everyone around her knew far more about plants and gardening than she did, but she quickly learned the art of horticulture from her husband and decided to pass his teachings on to other ladies to help them enjoy the delights of the garden. Gardening for Ladies was, and still is, an entirely practical book that describes how a lady can make the most of her garden in a clear and precise way. Digging over a flowerbed might have been work for a rough-handed, rope-muscled garden worker, but Jane explained how a lady could tackle the job without undue strain, and explained why it was necessary. The advice and instruction in this classic gardening book is as relevant today as it was when it was written 180 years ago.
Jane C. Webb Loudon was born in 1807 and turned to writing to earn an income when her father died. She wrote The Mummy, a novel set in the 22nd century, thus helping to establish the fashion for science fiction writing. She married garden designer John C Loudon in 1831 and quickly became an expert gardener and gardening writer. She died in 1858.