Tales from the Riverbank (8) Why the Rose?

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 ?’

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.

Jennifer Potter

About Slow down... at Alton Albany Farm B&B

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality in our Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of Wild Garden with borrowed views of a beautiful, lush green, Scottish valley. A log fire, a comfortable bed and a chance to read that book you've been meaning to. A short walk to the Village Pub for a drink and a meal and to work it off after there's no shortage of scenic trails to walk (or hire a mountain bike). A bit of peace, quiet and healthy exercise might be just what you need. Get away from it all for a weekend, you might even want to stay longer... We now have wifi in every room if you need to stay in touch - and a 40 " television in the lounge for our guests to relax and enjoy a selection of films beside the roaring fire. Alton Albany Farm is a riverside Farmhouse in a picturesque valley a short walk from the pretty conservation village of Barr. The Stinchar River runs along the edge of the grounds and a burn through the orchard. There is unspoilt hill walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching within easy reach. Beaches nearby with views to Ailsa Craig and the Western Isles. The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of the best places for stargazing in the world is also close by. Easy access from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports and the Stranraer Ferries. Please contact us to help arrange travel as collection can sometimes be arranged. At our Bed & Breakfast families with children and dogs are always welcome. There is even an adjoining riverside field for stick throwing and ballgames. We offer a dining / drawing room with a log fire and plenty of books, card and board games to while away the evenings. Holidays or weekend breaks for families, groups, couples and singles. All welcome! For bookings and any further information please Contact Alasdair or Andrea Currie on 44 (0) 1465 861148 To see reviews from our guests please visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk
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