The Cottage Garden

By Twigs Way
(Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747808183, 64pp.)

Publication Date: April 19, 2011

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Description
Hollyhocks and cabbages, roses and runner beans: the English cottage garden combines beauty and utility, pride and productivity. Immortalized in images of thatched cottages with flower-filled borders and ducks on the path, what was the reality of the cottage garden?
For many the garden was essential to keep food on the table. For those more fortunate, the garden was a blaze of color and a status symbol. Gardens did not just appeal to the senses, however; they played a philosophical and moral role in British society, and thus in British social history. Visions of the rural cottager were never far from the mind of the Victorian middle classes, whether as a shining example to the indigent urban poor, or as an aesthetic and social ideal of a utopian 'merrie England'.



About the Author
Dr Twigs Way trained as an archeologist and later developed a particular interest in garden and landscape history. She has designed programs in garden history for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and has lectured for Birkbeck College, London. Her latest book 'Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden' was published in 2006.
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