“The Earth in Her Hands” with Jennifer Jewell and Sasha Duerr

In a time when our gardens – public and private – have come to mean even more to each of us for the food, beauty, health, and nature they offer to us, a new book by Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of public radio’s Cultivating Place, celebrates the global impact contemporary plantswomen have in our world today. The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press, 2020) is an expansive celebration of women working in the world of plants and transforming our world for the better at the same time.

On October 13th at 5:30 pm Marin Art and Garden Center is pleased to offer a virtual evening of conversation between Jewell and artist/educator Sasha Duerr, one of the 75 extraordinary women profiled in the book. Sasha’s work compellingly connects our human love of color, our natural landscapes, the healing properties of plants, and the ways food, flowers, floral waste, and even invasive plants can be regenerated to create non-toxic natural dyes and pigments to support sustainable fashion, textiles, fine art and and many other creative disciplines. With background on The Earth in Her Hands, and a natural plant-based color demonstration by Duerr, together these two dynamic and inspiring women will explore how we each cultivate the world we want when we put our human love of plants, flowers, and gardens to work addressing some of the issues of greatest concern in our world.

Purchase a copy of The Earth in Her Hands with your event registration and receive a 10% discount on the cover price!

Sasha Duerr’s books, Natural Palettes and Natural Color are both available from our local bookstore partner, Book Passage.


Oct 13 2020


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm






  • Jennifer Jewell
    Jennifer Jewell

    Jennifer Jewell is the host of the national award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. She is the author of The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press in 2020), and Under Western Skies, Visionary Gardens from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast (due out from Timber Press in April 2021).

  • Sasha Duerr
    Sasha Duerr

    Sasha Duerr is an Oakland, California-based artist and designer and teaches at the California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Selvedge, American Craft, and the Huffington Post. She is the founder of the Permacouture Institute and the author of Natural Color and the Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes.