Helen Morgenthau Fox

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Helen Morgenthau Fox
Agnes J. Quirk, Helen Morgenthau Fox (1884-1974), and Florence Hedges (1878-1956).jpg
(Clockwise from left): U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) botanists, Agnes J. Quirk, Helen Morgenthau Fox (1884–1974), and Florence Hedges (1878–1956). Fox published widely on the topic of gardening with herbs.
Helen Morgenthau

(1884-05-27)27 May 1884
Died14 January 1974(1974-01-14) (aged 89)
Mortimer J. Fox (m. 1906)
Scientific career

Helen Morgenthau Fox (May 27, 1884 – January 13, 1974) was an American botanist and author of popular gardening books.[1]

Life and career[edit]

She was born in New York City, New York. Her father was United States Ambassador to Turkey Henry Morgenthau, Sr., and her brother was Henry Morgenthau, Jr. She married architect, banker, and landscape artist Mortimer J. Fox in 1906. She lectured extensively on gardening around the world.

During her adult life, she lived in Bedford, New York on a 20-acre property named High Low Farm.[2]

Fox died in Mount Kisco, New York.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Gardens and Gardening, a Selected List of Books (1927)
  • Garden Cinderellas: How to Grow Lilies in the Garden (1928)
  • Patio Gardens (1929)
  • What Spain Can Teach Us About Gardening (1929)
  • Jean C. N. Forestier (1931)
  • Gardens to See in Travels Abroad (1931)
  • More Gardens To See When Traveling Abroad' (1931)
  • Gardens in Hawaii (1931)
  • Gardening with Herbs for Flavor and Fragrance (1933)
  • Low Growing Native American Flowering Trees (1944)
  • The Aging Garden (1948)
  • A visit to California Gardens and Gardeners (1957)
  • André Le Nôtre: Garden Architect to Kings (1962)
  • Adventure in My Garden (1965)
  • Gardening with Herbs (1970)
  • Gardening for Good Eating (1973 reprint of 1943 edition)[4]
  • The Years in my Herb Garden (1973)


  1. ^ Benbow-Pfalzgraf, Taryn (2000). American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, Volume 2. St. James Press, ISBN 9781558624313
  2. ^ Raver, Anne (2004-01-29). "NATURE; Gardens in the Buff". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  3. ^ Staff report (January 14, 1974). Helen Fox dead; A garden expert; Writer lectured widely on horticultural Topics. New York Times
  4. ^ "Review: Gardening for Good Eating by Helen Morgenthau Fox". Kirkus Reviews. 13 April 1943.