Join Garden Historian and celebrated Author, Dr Twigs Way, for this enticing and informative series of talks on the History of four flower types – Daffodils, Primroses & Violets, Peonies and Roses. Always entertaining and joyous, you are welcome to explore the Botanic Garden too at the end of each session
With origins from China to Persia and scents from fresh apple blossom to dusky sensuality. Beloved by Romans who showered their dinner guests with petals and mythically caught up in the ‘War of the Roses‘, the rose found peace in the gardens of Empress Joséphine and religion in the gardens of Reverend rose fanciers.
Their names bring a deluge of histories, from the infamous Lady Hillingdon, to the prim Dorothy Perkins and exotic Zéphirine Drouhin. The ‘Peace’ rose outsold all others with its dual appeal of ending the reign of vegetables in the Victory garden, and hinting at the soft pinky-peach of the coming peace-time.
Participants are encouraged to bring something of relevance: for example, a picture of a painting, a poem, piece of favourite literature, snippet of folklore, or indeed an example of the flower itself!
All courses are aimed at beginners and need no prior knowledge.
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