Imagined Gardens: The Borders Between Truth and Fiction : Dr Twigs Way

"Not all gardeners write, or all writers garden, but when they do there is an inevitable overlap between the gardens they create in words and those they tend in reality. This summer course will explore that often unsuspected reality in writers (and poets) from the Elizabethan to Modern. Commencing with the poet Andrew Marvell and the gardens of his patron Lord Fairfax we will detect similarities on truth and fiction from the masters of crime and romance through children’s literature and comedy. Writers will include Daphne du Maurier, Beverly Nichols, Elizabeth von Arnim, Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf, P G Wodehouse, Lucy Boston, E.F. Benson, with an honourable mention of Jane Austen, always with the focus of comparing their real gardens with supposedly fictional appearances. Two mornings in Class with the third a trip to Hemingford Grey Manor House (and garden) home of Lucy Boston author of the Green Know series. Own transport/ car share. Admission included in course price"

Tutor: Dr Twigs Way

"Dr Twigs Way is a professional garden historian and divides her time between research and consultancy, giving lectures, talks and writing books. Twigs came to garden history from a career in archaeology, having focussed on landscape archaeology during her PhD. Since 2004 she has worked closely with English Heritage and other public bodies undertaking research on parks and gardens. Twigs has appeared in numerous television programmes including Gardeners' World. "