Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of his death in April 2016. Shakespeare's Gardens is a beautufully illustrated, focusing on the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and tended as a man. Including the five gardens in Stratford upon Avon in which he gardened and explored. From his birthplace in Henley Street, to his childhood playground at Mary Arden’s Farm, to his courting days at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and his final home at New Place – where he created a garden to reflect his fame and wealth. Cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, these gardens are continually evolving to reflect our ongoing knowledge of his life
Shakespeare’s Gardens brings together specially commissioned photography of the gardens with beautiful archive images of flowers, old herbals, and 16th century illustrations. This book explores the plants that Shakespeare knew and wrote about, giving you a illustrated insight into Elizabethan plants and planting, their use in his work and the meanings that his audiences would have picked up on – including mulberries, roses, daffodils, pansies, herbs and a host of other flowers. More than four centuries after the playwright lived, whenever we think of thyme, violets or roses, we are reminded of a line from his work.
Publisher: Frances Lincoln