Gardens and War

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This tantalising exhibition looks at World War I from the perspective of trench gardeners, men on both sides of the conflict who would plant flowers in shell cases while under fire, or dedicate their sparse energies to 'beautifying' their camps through horticulture. There will also be displays concerning the Home Front, with a focus on the symbolism of flowers - not least the moment in 1918 when 100,000 people laid flowers at a shrine in Hyde Park - and descriptions of memorial gardens and the rebirth of the ravaged lands around the Ypres Salient.


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