Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:00 PM London Time
From the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century, the French gardens were celebrated for their expensiveness, tastefulness and difficulty of cultivation. The royal gardens of Louis XIV were markers of his power in military, political and aesthetic arenas. Near the end of the Napoleonic Wars, flowers were charming couriers for shy young ladies to communicate with friends, or lovers, while evading detection from inquisitive parents. A rosebud whose stem had its thorns and leaves intact signaled “I fear but am in hope” while a rose with the thorns removed conveyed ‘love at first sight’.
Join us as we journey from the traditional associations of gardens — with ephemerality, beauty and femininity — to our current age where private gardens, in confidence and secrecy, reveal the refinement and intelligence of the individual engaged in their cultivation.
This is part of our GARDENS : CULTIVATING BEAUTY with Soma Roy/The Nourishment Projects
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