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Yet she does acknowledge that there are strong associations between certain plants and the gardeners who have championed them.

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At the rear of the house was a naturally occurring ditch with waterlogged soil. It was the least promising of sites for a new garden.

Beth, however, saw it as a challenge and began to seek out plants that would grow well in these extreme conditions. Beth received no formal horticultural training and dedicated most of her twenties and thirties to her family and home.

Instead of limiting her career development, Beth believes it kept her mind open and enabled her to gradually become the gardener she is today.

In preparation for this exhibition, Beth wrote a list of the people who have influenced her.

First on the list was her late husband Andrew Chatto, a fruit farmer, plant researcher and the grandson of the famous publisher.

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