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Books by Twigs Way

  • Tea Gardens

    Twigs Way

    Product Code: BKKYA
    Paperback
    A sunlit lawn, blossom-laden trees, rustic chairs grouped around tables laden with teapots, and burdened with scones, the tinkle of teacups and the murmur of conversation, what could be more English than a Tea Garden? Famous equally as a nation of tea drinkers and a nation of gardeners, the opportunity to combine the two took hold in London by the 18th century, and spread throughout England during the Victorian and Edwardian era, as suburban family parties joined cycling clubs and charabanc outings to sample tea gardens far and wide. Triumphing over the equally famous English weather, tea gardens thrived for over two hundred years creating a unique style until their decline in the mid-twentieth century. Wonderfully illustrated with contemporary evocative images, this book charts the rise of English tea gardens, their origins in earlier spa gardens, their distinctive style, their furnishings and accoutrements, the spread to America, their sad decline and their triumphant return in the twenty-first century. It also includes a short guide to historic gardens in each county as well as a list of Tea Gardens that may be visited today.
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  • Allotment and Garden Guide

    Twigs Way

    Product Code: BINPB
    Hardback
    Produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, the "Allotment and Garden Guides" were issued monthly throughout 1945. Aimed at the amateur gardener, they were to be the final rallying call in the wartime campaign to Dig for Victory. Concentrating on the productive garden, the guides were designed to take the amateur gardener through the basic tasks of each month. Many of the subjects tackled are as relevant now as they were then. How to make a compost heap, when to sow marrow seed, which seeds are they easiest to save, are still popular topics in the modern gardening media. However, other subjects convey the war-time difficulties: seed shortages due to enemy occupation in Europe, regulations on flower growing, and the very real prospect of running out of food next winter. Packed with additional photographs and illustrations, Twigs Way gives an historical overview to gardening during the Second world war and comments on each month of the guide. Many people still work allotment or vegetable plots that were first established during the war years, 'inheriting' them from a generation that used these guides as their gardening bibles. To read the Guides now is to experience a sense of both the urgency of the war-time garden, and the timelessness of the processes of gardening.
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  • Gertrude Jekyll

    Twigs Way

    Product Code: BDORM
    Paperback
    Almost eighty years after her death, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is still one of the most influential of all English garden designers. Best known for the superb use of colour schemes in her hallmark flower borders, she combined an early training in art with self-taught horticultural skills. Early influences included William Morris, John Ruskin and William Robinson, but it is her partnership with the architect Edwin Lutyens that produced some of the most distinctive of Edwardian houses and gardens. From her house (and nursery) at Munstead Wood, Surrey, Jekyll designed over 400 gardens across Britain and Europe, and some in America where her archive of designs and drawings is now held. This book explores her life, influences on her early work in art and crafts, the transfer to Munstead Wood and working relationship with Edwin Lutyens, as well as her own writings and achievements.
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  • Allotments

    Twigs Way

    Product Code: AYJBH
    Paperback
    The allotment is a much-loved part of every British city, town and village. At their height in the years around the Second World War, and increasingly neglected towards the end of the twentieth century, Allotments are now in the throes of a full-scale revival. Many allotments now have long waiting lists, and allotment keeping has become a fashionable hobby across society . This book explores the fascinating social history of the allotment from its roots in the 17th century Digger movement, through religion, protest and war, to the influence of 'food miles' and GM. It includes insights into quirky rules and regulations, murder and looting, and even art and opera on the allotment. Drawing on archival and contemporary material, this heavily illustrated book considers both the history and the future of the not so humble allotment.
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  • The Cottage Garden

    Twigs Way

    Product Code: ABJOC
    Paperback
    Hollyhocks and cabbages, roses and runner beans: the English cottage garden combines beauty and utility, pride and productivity. Immortalised in images of thatched cottages with flower-filled borders, 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 colour and a status symbol. Gardens did not just appeal to the senses, however: they played a philosophical and moral role in society, and thus in our 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'.
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