Shakespeare’s frequent use of botanical imagery has captivated generations of readers and inspired the makings of gardens across the globe.
The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden is a richly illustrated volume, illuminating Shakespeare’s understanding of the natural world and gardens as he knew them. The text is accompanied with quotations from Shakespeare throughout the book filled with colourful illustrations of his gardens, past and present, plucked from a multitude of sources including embroidered Elizabethan clothing and Victorian gardening books, as well as various gardens around the world.
This book reveals the inspiring relationship between Shakespeare and gardens while it tells the story of the Bard’s own garden at New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, the only home he ever purchased, and where he died in 1616.
His lively account is supplemented by Francis Bacon’s 1625 essay ‘Of Gardens’ extolling the virtues of the ‘purest of human pleasures’.