Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789142051 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Chrysanthemum

Twigs Way

Chrysanthemum

Twigs Way

Distributed for Reaktion Books

216 pages | 100 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789142051 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $16.00 ISBN: 9781789142440 Published May 2020
Drawing its allure from the gold of the sun and the rule of the 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 this extraordinary bloom. With a range of vibrant illustrations, including works by Hiroshige, Monet, and Mondrian, Chrysanthemum will captivate lovers of art, flowers, history, and culture.
Contents
Introduction

1 The Honourable and Imperial Flower
2 Smuggling Tea and Chrysanthemums
3 Gathering the Harvest in Societies and Shows
4 In Peace and in War
5 An Impression of Chrysanthemums
6 A Literary Bouquet
7 Meaningful and Useful: A Plethora of Chrysanthemums

Timeline
References
Further Reading
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
Review Quotes
His Honour Simon Brown QC, past master of the Inner Temple Garden
"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."
Caroline Holmes, garden historian
"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."
Judy Barker, FLS, Holder of the National Collection Hardy Chrysanthemums John Woolman Medal of Honour, Brickell Award
"Way has very skillfully and gently guided us down the centuries with tales of how these chrysanthemum plants have beguiled us. From emperors, poets, painters, writers, decorative arts, florists, show benches, and even tea. But the real story is in the title, that is with the chrysanthemum plant itself. As with Scheherazade in the Tales from the Arabian Nights, this plant will adapt and evolve to lead us on in order to survive."
Gardens Illustrated
"This fascinating book looks at the long and noble history of chrysanthemums before they became ‘the flower of choice for uninspired husbands.' . . . With her vivacious prose and unerring knack for unearthing the absurd or delicious detail, Way could probably fashion the minutes of your local parish council into absorbing history: with this flower, she is in her element. . . . The illustrations are a delight, ranging from Chinese ceramics to evocative nineteenth-century postcards from Hiroshige to Monet and Mondrian. Who knew that Mondrian loved to paint chrysanthemums? But then, this is a book packed with unforgettable facts."
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