Floriography, or 'language of flowers' - a cultural code

Julie Smalley


Region:
North West
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: From £60
Category:
History
Updated:
19th February 2018
Tagged:
History | Floral | Art | Gardens

Across cultures and times plants held attributed meanings, and ‘floriography’ was a form of covert communication. This talk explores intriguing insights into the symbolism of blooms, gardens and designed landscapes.

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About Julie Smalley

History, travel and language combined are fascinating and fun. Join me for some exploring! Over several stimulating years I’m lucky to have excavated and interpreted a Roman-era dig, led guided walks, performed poetry in a Normandy village, and guested on regional radio. With an MA in Landscape, Heritage & Society (Liverpool) followed by an Advanced Diploma in Local History (Oxford) I have published over seventy articles, local to international. I set up ‘VITAL MINDS Lifelong Learning’ - a scheme to present social history in engaging ways especially for retirement villages. In addition I‘ve taught English as a Foreign Language courses in colleges, universities, companies, museums and youth hostels, and hosted homestay learners from Spain to Siberia. Cheshire-born, I grew up in Australia, worked in Sydney and London, and currently live near the scenic waterways of mid-Cheshire. I enjoy speaking to varied audiences which include family history & heritage societies, women’s clubs, WI, community groups, PROBUS, U3A, and cultural tours. My light-hearted, interactive talks always include a colourful display - and often come with added Antipodean perspectives. A history, travel and language sandwich!


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