Chrysanthemum Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Reaktion Books Pages: 216 Illustrations and other contents: 100 colour illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781789142051 Categories: , , , , , ,

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.

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"Forget associations of chrysanthemums and dreary drabness, thanks to Way their myriad petals point the reader honorably, imperially, and sensibly into a journey of floral fascination. . . . [A] book of horticultural, artistic, and literary delights."--Caroline Holmes, garden historian "The chrysanthemum was the classless wonder of the Victorian Age. 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

Author Biography

Twigs Way is a lecturer, writer and speaker who has worked in historic landscapes and gardens for over thirty years. She is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile and her previous books include Carnation (Reaktion, 2016), A Passion for Gardening (2015) and the History of Garden Gnomes (2009). She lives in Cambridgeshire.