The cottage garden: floral abundance or practical necessity?, by Twigs Way is published by Shire at £6.99.
The book discusses the definition of the cottage garden and its origins as a functional space providing food for the table, herbs for the physic bottle, and room for the hens, pigs and privy, and any aesthetic pleasure it afforded was incidental.
Urban gardens overflowing with country flowers and carefully managed cottage gardens seen at the Chelsea Flower Show contrast with the definition provided by the editor of Cottage Gardening in 1892, who stated that "The charm of the cottage garden is … due to the absence of any pretentious plan."
Famous cottages gardens are featured, including Anne Hathaway’s cottage and East Lambrook Manor Gardens.
Twigs Way's previous titles for Shire including histories of Allotments, Garden Gnomes and Topiary. She is working on a biography of Gertrude Jekyll for Shire.