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Garden History 2022

Garden History 2022

What does that mean? An introduction to Latin terms and naming

What does that mean? An introduction to Latin terms and naming: Friday 7 October 2022

£25.00

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Tutor: Dr Twigs Way
Date: Friday 7 October 2022
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

The wonderful world of scientific nomenclature has embedded a ‘secret’ history of plant hunters and horticulturalists in the plants and flowers we grow in our gardens. The honour of naming a new species was taken by many as an opportunity to honour past heroes or current friends, but the temptation of having ones own name go down in history was often too much to resist, especially after a lifetime of ‘derring-do’ plant hunting with little other reward. Markedly different from the naming of cultivars, we will encounter fewer from outside of the closed world of plants. Find out the histories behind the names and let the binomial system lead you down a garden path blooming with adventure and discovery as ghosts of 18th century plant explorers jostle with botanic artists, famous nurseries and long forgotten scientists.
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Gardens in Renaissance art

Gardens in Renaissance art: Friday 23 September 2022

£25.00

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Tutor: Dr Twigs Way
Date: Friday 23 September 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

Drawing upon the richness of European art, we will explore the impact of the Renaissance on horticulture and garden design. Integrating heaven and earth as they combine wilderness and water with artificiality and automata. Terraces spring from hillsides and grottoes pierce the dark earth whilst statues and fountains bring the gods to life. Power is expressed through both the size and control of the gardens’ form, and the recording of them by artists whose patrons were the wealthy owners. Art, architecture and gardens combined to bring a renaissance of the past whilst hydraulics and horticulture looked towards the future. We will explore how the Renaissance Garden spread from the landscape and art of southern Europe, arriving finally in Britain a century after its birth.
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Fruit and flowers in Renaissance art

Fruit and flowers in Renaissance art: Friday 22 November 2022

£25.00

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Tutor: Dr Twigs Way
Date: Friday 21 October 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

As the rebirth of culture and art flourished in the palaces and piazzas of Europe, so new worlds and new discoveries brought exotic plants to the terraces and hothouses. Botanic and floral art proliferated as the Medici and northern European courts employed artists to depict the exotic and expensive rarities that blossomed at their command. Flowers and fruits boasted the wealth of their patrons, whilst memento mori warned of mortality to come. Female artists forged careers across the continent and canvases of flowers burst forth with insects and butterflies, setting the scene for the Dutch Golden Age to follow, whilst looking back at the religious inspiration of the medieval. We will explore Renaissance flower art from backdrop to limelight, Botticelli to da Vinci.
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