My friends Penelope and Agnes from the Albuquerque chapter of the Hardy Women's Society (HWS) asked if I might share this Albuquerque-made project with the DCFers. This is their annual garden "catalog" - shot on location in the Ridgecrest area.

The HWS is an old organization (since 1898) that is new to the interwebs. The Albuquerque chapter is pretty extensive - I recently joined myself and I'm looking forward to participating in the monthly Profound & Profane Book Club and regular field trips.

HWS Garden Catalog 2009

Maybe it’s the heat wave. Maybe it’s because Smith & Hawken is closing. But we can’t help but contemplate the world of garden attire. We would like to introduce you to our latest Hardy Women’s Society Garden Catalog for 2009. We explore the highest of chic and the grittiest of gritty as we delve into the newest (and oldest) fashions in backyard clothing.

The modern woman, unlike Eve, has to go shopping in order to survive and thrive in the garden (unless you know how to sew). Let us introduce you to some of our timeless designs created to enhance your gardening experience. Both fashionable and practical, these outfits will help you blossom like a sunflower unfurled to the afternoon rays.

1950s Garden Party

(catalog #s 3257 & 3258)

Gracious garden entertaining is only a few accessories away. Agnes lights up the backyard with a full crinkle skirt and puff-sleeve blouse while Penelope displays cool colors with the fashionable flair of a polka dot scarf. An hors d’oeuvre plate, whole pineapple, tiered grape platter and cranberry drinks say “summer!” These flexible designs go easily from weeding the vegetable garden right into cocktail hour. Cheers!


(Catalog #5411)

Today’s progressive gardener enjoys exploring the cutting edge of fashion. Borrowing ideas from the steampunk movement, Penelope shows off this steam-powered ensemble. Pairing an Asian-inspired top with a British cap and metal goggles, this outfit means business… gardening business. Don’t forget to accessorize with a Clarington Forge hand fork!


(catalog #5873)

Whoa, nelly! Agnes spins back the clock with this updated Western attire. She’s the law in this garden. Comfortable for long days digging rows, this outfit comes complete with a hand fork, sheriff star, Stetson hat and a vintage Smith & Hawken & Wesson Slug Shooter. Those slugs will think twice about nibbling your bean stalks.


(Catalog #3155)

Penelope is all grace and gumption with this Victorian-inspired design. A wide-brimmed straw hat keeps her cool while a bright floral print apron reflects the garden flowers. Must-have accessories include an English Haws watering can and French Le Chameau Wellington boots. Sorry, gals, the crane pot is not included.

The Victory Garden

(Catalog #4484)

Digging weeds, Agnes shines while putting her boot to the fork. Tiny flowers dance across this 1940s dress. Upturned sleeves and a patterned head scarf channel Rosie the Riveter. Accessorize with a Clarington Forge digging fork and a determined attitude. Prepare for victory!

The Real Nitty Gritty

(Catalog #s 3322 & 3325)

Penelope models her never-washed blue jeans and Sweet Sunny South tank top for a chic, real-world gardening look. Be sure to accessorize with a unique Bulldog digging fork. This outfit can take you from the back yard to the front yard and back again. Try it inside on a Sunday morning, too!

The Cerberus-as-a-puppy tee is both cute and sassy. Few people know that Agnes is right-handed and left-handed – which comes in handy for double-digging. Purple West County gloves and a shapeable straw Western hat complete the look. Two English digging forks make the work go twice as fast!

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Comment by Spring Griffin on July 23, 2009 at 11:34am
Whoa, nelly! indeed. I love everything about the Hardy Women's Society and their 2009 Garden Catalog! Agnes and Penelope both look fetching in all of the photos, they make me want to dress a little snazzier for my yard work.
Comment by mombat on July 23, 2009 at 1:19pm
This is so completely cool! I think I need to hat shopping.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on July 23, 2009 at 3:19pm
Would you rip me to shreds if I said that this is very hot? Because if loving the Hardy Women's Society is wrong I don't ever want to be right.
Comment by Another Mike on July 23, 2009 at 3:39pm
pretty. damn. awesome.
Comment by Adelita on July 23, 2009 at 3:40pm
Absolutely f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!
Comment by Nacha on July 24, 2009 at 5:20am
haha! love it! this is great! only i think the 1950's outfits should've been ironed to better capture the look :)
Comment by Zoe on July 24, 2009 at 12:31pm
Over the top! Love the commentary. Haven't heard anything like it in years.
Comment by cc on July 26, 2009 at 8:13am
Love the yard and love the Hardy (Hearty) Women!


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