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Garden History Talks 2017

Our Garden History talks this year include sessions on Himalayan plant hunters, Saffron, Shakespeare and Flowers galore.

There are eight Garden History talks in total; five of these are linked sessions led by Garden Historian Dr Twigs Way, which will explore ‘Flowers in art and culture’. Each of these talks, which may be taken individually or collectively as a series, will focus on an individual plant, exploring their origins, discovery, history, and cultural significance. Through examining literature, art, myth, religion and even medicines, Twigs will build a vision of the role of each of these flowers both in and out of the garden. You will encounter gods, artists, plant hunters, designers, breeders, writers and poets. Although there will be an emphasis on Europe and America in art and literature we will also explore other cultural aspects.

Garden History Talks 2017

Shakespeare and Gardens

Shakespeare and Gardens



Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 13/10/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

This morning talk will explore many aspects of Shakespeare and the garden. From gardens and plants that appear in his plays and poetry to the gardens recreated at Shakespeare's own house and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. We will spend time exploring the use and meaning of plants in Shakespeare's plays and poetry before examining the possible links between Shakespeare and the gardens of that great Elizabethan William Cecil (Lord Burghley), via the famous plantsman and 'herbalist' John Gerard. Beyond the Elizabethans we will go on to enjoy the Shakespeare themed gardens of the Edwardian period and the recreation of Shakespeare related gardens both at Stratford and Warwick. From Ophelia's innocent daisy to the canker in the rose - this morning session will send you back to your Shakespeare texts with new eyes!
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