Back when gardening was ladylike

Jackie French
By Jackie French
July 16 2022 - 7:30pm
Many of my fondest memories of my grandmothers are set in their gardens. Picture: Shutterstock

Both my grandmothers were enthusiastic gardeners - in a very ladylike way. Ladies' gardening involved gardening gloves, the kind that protect your hands from prickles rather than the stiff-with-mud kind hanging from the back of the seat outside our front door. Sometimes an apron was involved too, to protect the respectable dresses from drips of sap, with a useful pocket for the secateurs.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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