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Gardening, Roses and Cultural Identity

Artist Zarah Hussain recalls her father's love of gardening and growing roses as a link to his native Pakistan, while reflecting on the rose as a symbol of British identity.

Artist Zarah Hussain recalls her father's love of gardening and growing roses as a link to his native Pakistan. She reflects on the rose as a symbol of British national identity while also having foreign origins and universal appeal.
"The rose is a migrant, a traveller, beholden to no land, culture or language, but embraced by all. Something that started as foreign has become our own and has been absorbed over time into our culture and our history."
Recorded in front of a live audience at Somerset House in London.
Presenter: Olly Mann
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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