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Come into the Garden and Forget the War...

Seeds, Soldiers and Suffragettes

Dear Old Dad,

Will you please send as soon as possible two packets of candytuft and two packets of nasturtium seeds?

Captain Lionel Crouch Flanders 1915.

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In Memorium (Easter 1915)

The Flowers left thick at Nightfall in the wood

This Eastertide call into mind the men,

Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should

Have gathered them and will do never again

Edward Thomas

During World War One, Winston Churchill said the normal occupation of man was “war and gardening”.

Marking 100 years since the end of the Great War, and celebrating Vote 100, Pedlars and Petticoats are digging up inspiring stories of connecting with the soil during the darkest of times.

Unearth true tales of the women who had to dress as boys to be allowed to study gardening, vegetable shows on The Front as well as in POW camps, the girl gardeners who lost their lives alongside soldiers on the Front and the suffragette who went from designing the banner for the Godalming branch of the NUWSS to designing the British war graves in France and Belgium. And saddest of all, the pressed flowers sent home from the trenches by soldiers who would never return.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul.”

Alfred Austin, poet and nature lover.

Come into the Garden is in development with Proteus Theatre Company following a scratch performance on March 23rd.


It is available to book as an outdoor or indoor presentation for families, for groups, horticultural societies and allotments, and as an in-character talk. Schools workshops are under development for booking in 2019. Contact us for further details