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Dimensions:
216 × 138 mm
216 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789142051
Illustrations:
100 colour illustrations
Published:
11 May 2020
Series:
Botanical
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Chrysanthemum Twigs Way

Drawing its allure from the gold of the sun and the rule of emperors, the chrysanthemum winds its way through ancient Chinese culture into the gardens of French Impressionist painters and onto the pages of American novels. The flower signifies both life and death, as parts of Europe associate it with mourning while others celebrate it for its golden rays that light the autumnal gloom.

In this fascinating book, Twigs Way follows the fortunes of the flower through philosophy, art, literature and death, recounting the stories of the men and women who became captivated by it. With a range of vibrant illustrations, including works by Hiroshige, Monet and Mondrian, it will appeal to lovers of art, flowers, history and culture.

‘The chrysanthemum was the classless wonder of the Victorian Age. Twigs Way has wondrously revived it -– we can now at last understand its true glory in the pantheon of flowers.’ — His Honour Simon Brown QC, Past Master of the Inner Temple Garden


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Twigs Way is a writer, researcher and speaker who is fascinated by the social and cultural aspects of garden history. Her publications include The Cottage Garden (2011) and A Nation of Gardeners (2010). She lives in Cambridgeshire.

Introduction

1 The Honourable and Imperial Flower
2 Smuggling Tea and Chrysanthemums
3 Gathering the Harvest in Societies and Shows
4 In Peace and in War
5 An Impression of Chrysanthemums
6 A Literary Bouquet
7 Meaningful and Useful: A Plethora of Chrysanthemums

Timeline
References
Further Reading
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index