Have you ever wondered how Ophelia selected her bouquet of plants; which was the ‘little western flower’ that Puck used to cause mayhem, or what exactly Romeo’s friends had in mind when they wished Juliet were a medlar and Romeo a popp’rin pear? What actually is an apple-john, or indeed a peascod or a codling, and which were insults and which not? Why do primroses live and die like virgins and why are some pinks bastards? Drawing on tragedy, comedy and the dangling of apricocks we will explore Shakespeare’s use of plants as contemporaries would have understood them, both as common meaning and as extended symbolism. A glorious morning of Shakespearian revelry which will transform your understanding of fennel!
Twigs Way has worked in historic landscapes for over twenty years, commencing with her PhD studies on medieval parks and expanding into gardens and landscapes of the subsequent periods. Her present work in historic landscapes consists of lecturing, research, writing, publishing, crafting landscape management plans, visiting historic sites, and indulging an enduring fascination with the history of female gardeners.