The Cottage Garden

The Cottage Garden Cover

The Cottage Garden

By Twigs Way

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747808183, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2011


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
Twigs Way is a garden historian who specialises in the social and political aspects of gardens and landscapes. She is the author of Shire's Allotments, Garden Gnomes, and Topiary.