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On-line – “Rose” by Dr Catherine Horwood




Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for gardening and garments. A keen gardener for over thirty years, Catherine has created three gardens that have been open through the National Gardens Scheme ‘Yellow Book’, and was for many years an assistant organiser for the NGS. Having started her career as a journalist, Catherine is now a full-time writer. In addition to writing for publications such as Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden, she has worked on exhibitions and broadcasts especially on the history of women in horticulture.  

In this talk Catherine will discuss her book “Rose”.  The rose is the world’s favourite flower and always has been. It is the greatest floral symbol of love and romance the world over and touches people’s hearts at many points in their lives.  This book traces the journey of the rose across the centuries, from battles to bouquets, charting its botanical, religious, literary and artistic history: Rose tells the story of what makes this botanical family so loved: from Cleopatra’s rose-petal-filled bed to Nijinsky’s Spectre de la Rose ballet; from the highly prized attar of rose oil so beloved by the ancient Persians to top-brand perfume labels today; and from Shakespeare’s myths about the Wars of the Roses to the significance of Queen Elizabeth I’s embroidered dresses.

Catherine’s book takes a fresh perspective on the subject from historical and botanical contexts tempered by her own interactions with and knowledge of specific rose varieties, including many grown by herself.  Her talk is sure to inspire you to look more deeply into the roses you grow and the possibilities they offer.

The talk will start at 18:30 via Zoom and will last approximately 90 mins.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The cost for this on-line event, is £15 per WFGA member, £25 non WFGA member.

Event Details

Date: November 25, 2021

Start time: 18:30

End time: 20:00