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Online Talk: The Gaskells’ Garden on a Plate

‘I go out and plant cabbages… 2 feet apart is the right distance

Elizabeth Gaskell had great hopes for the garden at Plymouth Grove, not just as a beautiful place to relax, but as a source of food for the family. She even joked that ‘I find my proper vocation is farming‘.

Now you can find out about what she grew, where and why based on original sources including letters, maps, photographs and references to her fiction. Join Jackie Tucker to explore some of the symbolism in novels such as Cranford and North And South and discover which fruit and vegetables were grown in the Victorian garden of one of our greatest novelists.

Really well researched. Passionate about subject and talk delivered with good knowledge which made it enjoyable.‘ Online visitor to previous garden talk

Wednesday 14 June, 7-8pm

Tickets £5

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.

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14th Jun 2023

7pm - 8pm

The interruptions of home life are never ending

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863