Virgins, Weeders and Queens
A History of Women in the Garden
By (author) Twigs Way
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Virgins, Weeders and Queens by Twigs Way
Book DescriptionToday, women are at the forefront of garden design and the horticultural world. But women's connection with the garden has a much longer history, although their role has often been overlooked. From Eve to the seventeenth century women have been the backbone to the garden, cultivating and selling produce, growing and collecting plants. "Virgins, Weeders and Queens" ranges from the virgins perched on turf seats in medieval illuminations and the weeding women of the Tudor royal garden to queens who introduced new plants to Britain and herb wives who had to dodge accusations of witchcraft because of their arcane knowledge. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it explores the unsung women who invented Coade stone statues, created romantic landscapes in conjugal exile, and explored the sensual plant riches of Asia. Only in the later nineteenth and the twentieth centuries were women able assert themselves in all roles of gardening and begin to write about their experiences. Even when women's lives were restricted the garden provided both a haven and an inspiration. Twigs Way's lively and engaging book digs up the history of women in the garden, from the humble housewife to the venerated virgin.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750941068
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Carnation, Hardback (November 2016)
As it ranges from the traditions of the medieval marriage bed to Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and Child, this lavishly illustrated book will entertain anyone with an interest in history, art or culture. It is full of unexpected delights that will charm the mind and invigorate the senses - just like the carnation itself.
Passion for Gardening, Hardback (June 2015)
Who were the earliest gardening gurus? What were the biggest trends of the 1930s and what happened during the Second World War when the country was urged to "dig for victory"? In this book, all these questions are answered and illustrated with advertisements and literature that appeared as our passion for gardening increased over the years.
Wartime Garden, Paperback (February 2015)
In 1941 Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, was determined that the Garden Front would save England: 'Dig for Victory' was the slogan, digging for dinner the reality. This book offers a fully illustrated look at the time when gardening saved Britain.
Edwardian Gardener's Guide, Hardback (June 2014)» View all books by Twigs Way
It is Edwardian England, and a delightful flower garden and fruitful allotment are matters of personal pride, boons for the family dinner table, and even 'important acts of local patriotism'. This book gives a glimpse of the pre-First World War 'golden era' of British gardening.
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Author Biography - Twigs Way
Twigs Way is a freelance garden historian and lecturer. She is an active member of the Cambridgeshire and Essex Garden Trusts and her media work has included appearances on Channel 4, BBC East and Radio 4. Her publications include Picturing Paradise, Oral History of Chippenham Kitchen Gardens and In Defence of Lost Gardens. She has her own garden in Cambridge and opens it to the public once a year.
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