Flowers are always there at the critical moments of life as gifts to celebrate a birth or anniversary, as bouquets to adorn a bride, as wreaths to accompany the deceased to the grave and as memorials to comfort those who mourn. Leaves and petals order us. Following on from her critically acclaimed The Long, Long Life of Trees, a lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Romantic literature and daughter of a florist, looks at flowers – from monumental plants to the common daisy - and considers their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings.

Illustrated talk.

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