Alumni Authors

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of Oxford's North American-based alumni.
For October 2017, our author is Jenny Rose Carey (Lady Margaret Hall, 1981).


A renowned educator, historian and author, Jenny Rose Carey is the Senior Director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. She previously worked at Temple University for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. Jenny Rose has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She is an avid, hands-on gardener who has gardened in both England and the United States. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a shade garden, moss garden and a stumpery. Jenny Rose and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series The Victory Garden, in the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Green Scene magazine and the Pennsylvania Gardener.

Jenny Rose and her husband Gus (Keble, 1981) were recently honored as Distinguished Friends of Oxford, for their tireless support of their colleges and the collegiate University. The Careys have held numerous alumni gatherings at their home and gardens, and Jenny Rose has been a member of the LMH Advisory Council for many years. Since the mid-1980s, the Careys have formed meaningful and productive relationships with the Ashmolean Museum, Botanical Gardens, Museum of Natural History, Bodleian Libraries, and the Saϊd Business School. They have also been devoted and loyal supporters of the the North American Office, Keble College and Lady Margaret Hall, and are highly-valued friends of the University.


Turn a shady yard into a sumptuous garden

Shade is one of the most common garden situations homeowners have, but with the right plant knowledge, you can triumph over challenging areas and learn to embrace shade as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. Glorious Shade celebrates the benefits of shade and shows you how to make the most of it. This information-rich, hardworking guide is packed with everything you need to successfully garden in the shadiest corners of a yard. You'll learn how to determine what type of shade you have and how to choose the right plants for the space. The book also shares techniques, design and maintenance tips that are key to growing a successful shade garden. Stunning color photographs offer design inspiration and reveal the beauty of shade-loving plants.

“The book feels like you are learning all about shade gardening from your favorite, chatty neighbor. It covers a lot of ground, from the usual seasonal interest, plant selection and design perspective. But it also covers types of shade, seasonal shade shifts, soil improvement, what to plant when there’s root competition, maintenance, pests and diseases, deer resistance and more. . . . A truly inspiring resource for all gardeners.” —The Oregonian

“Well researched and packed with valuable information. . . . this is a book that shows you that shade can indeed be glorious.” —Three Dogs in a Garden

You can purchase Glorious Shade on Amazon.



Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

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