Gardens are by definition ‘hives’ of sexual activity from the drowsy bee drenched in pollen to the Temples of Venus that entice us into 18th century landscapes where immorality lurks in the ha-ha. This morning course will trip lightly through the biology of pistils, pastimes of pastoral poets, a plethora of amorous potions, with literary delights of sensual scents on the terrace with Mr Rochester and coy invitations to lurk in the shrubbery. We will complete our whirlwind tour of the sexual delights of the garden by exploring the lustful Language of Flowers, and depictions of lust and love in garden paintings and statuary. Can I tempt you into the garden Maud?
Twigs Way has worked in historic landscapes for over twenty years, commencing with her PhD studies on medieval parks and expanding into gardens and landscapes of the subsequent periods. Her present work in historic landscapes consists of lecturing, research, writing, publishing, crafting landscape management plans, visiting historic sites, and indulging an enduring fascination with the history of female gardeners.
Please note this is an online course. No specialist software is required to participate, but a device with a microphone and webcam will be needed. Full joining instructions will be emailed a few days before the date of the course.
This is a live interactive course, and will not be made available as a recording to watch at a later date.
Image Credit: Charles James Sharp – Female Hairy-Footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes on Spring Snowflake Leucojum vernum CC BY SA 3
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