Alton Albany Farm B&B along with Garden Exposures Photo Library are proud to be sponsoring an Illustrated Talk here in Barr at the Church on 26th February at 2.30 pm.
Jennifer Potter, the acclaimed horticultural historian, will be asking the question ‘Why the Rose ?’
Taking her cue from the thirteenth-century Persian poet, mystic and scholar Rumi, writer and horticultural historian Jennifer Potter explores the tangled story of the rose and its transformation from a simple briar of the northern hemisphere into the western world’s favourite flower. Ranging widely across cultures and art forms, she tracks its shifting associations with love, sex, death and the great religions of East and West, overturning along the way many cherished rose myths. As the Sunday Times wrote of the book on which her richly illustrated talk is based, “Potter has succeeded in uncovering just why the rose has insinuated itself so tenaciously into the consciousness of every age and corner of the world”.
Why not make a weekend of it ? Stay at Alton Albany Farm B&B or one of the many other welcoming local guest houses – for a full list please see the Barr Village Website. That would leave Saturday evening for a meal at the Kings Arms and Sunday for a leisurely walk around the stunning trails. Come and enjoy our very beautiful conservation village situated near the Galloway Forest now an accredited Dark Sky Park for star gazing!
Tickets £4 each (including tea and cakes afterwards at the Village Hall) available from me, Andrea Jones. Please send cheque and SAE to me at Alton Albany Farm or buy on line here at Why the Rose? Tickets
We are delighted to have received more widespread publicity than expected! The event has been mentioned now in the Saturday Telegraph, Sunday Post and will soon be in Country Life magazine as well as several prominent gardening websites. So if you are thinking of coming please book soon!
For your information Jennifer Potter is the author of three novels set in Martinique, the Yemen in 1911, and France, Jennifer Potter turned to non-fiction with two works about gardens and historic landscapes (Secret Gardens and Lost Gardens). Next came her acclaimed biography of the John Tradescants, Strange Blooms, The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants. Hailed by Jenny Uglow as a ‘tour de force’ and by novelist Jane Stevenson as ‘a wonderful book’, it was long-listed for the Duff Cooper Prize 2006. Five years in the making, The Rose, A True History (Atlantic Books/Callisto) appeared in two separate editions in November 2010. Potter also reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and was until recently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King’s College London. Jennifer recently featured in the gardens at Hatfield House, talking to Alan Titchmarsh about roses and John Tradescant for his BBC2 series Alan Titchmarsh’s Garden Secrets.