Jenny Ferguson’s memoir, It’s Not All Roses takes us on her journey from being born in the NSW countryside in the 1940s through to professional life as a teacher, asserting her independence as a feminist, wife and mother, travelling the world in search of inspiration in both restaurants and gardens.
Jenny faces chauvinism at many points in her life but firmly follows her own path and ignores the doubts and judgement of many. Her passion for cooking develops and with her customary determination, she launches her own restaurant in Sydney, as a self-taught chef. She achieves hard-won success, but after seven years, is disillusioned and weary and closes the restaurant. She moves to a large horse farm and starts an ambitious cottage garden, which eventually attracts thousands of admirers.
Her creativity and individuality shine through as she shares her varied life and reflects back on the people whose understanding and kindness helped her achieve her dreams.