Sunday, February 13, 2005

Today we finally got round to seeing The Writer in the Garden exhibition at the British Library.

My favourite discovery was Newman Flower's War Garden:

"In 1919 an English gardener and writer, Newman Flower, travelled to the battlefields of Northern France and gathered the seeds of wildflowers he found growing there. He returned to England and planted them in what he described as 'my war garden.' When Flower's 'patch of remembrance,' which bloomed year after year, was reported in a national newspaper, he was inundated with requests for seeds.

'I sent little packets of seeds away to those who lost relatives on the Somme - even so far away as New Zealand. And probably they have made little gardens of remembrance by now.'"
-- exhibition guide card accompanying Through My Garden Gate by Newman Flower. London, 1945