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Shakespearean Gardens / Bibliography
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 132. Saturday, 1 Dec 1990.
 
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 18:24:25 PST
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  (Katy Dickinson)
Subject: Shakespeare Garden Books
 
As my initial posting to this group, I would like to share with you my
enthusiasm for Shakespeare gardens and garden books.  Books about Shakespeare
gardens or plants are delightful to me not only because they are interesting
in content but also because they are often beautifully illustrated.  I have
been collecting these books for some years.  (During the recent Shakespeare
Symposium at the University of San Francisco, the Gleeson Library used some
of my books and other Shakespeare memorabilia - such as busts, cups, games,
and artwork - in their lobby display areas.)  In my bibliography below, I
have put ** by those books or booklets I actually possess.  The other
materials I only know by reference.
 
Shakespeare gardens can be:
 
     gardens inspired by ideas or settings in Shakespeare
 
     gardens such as Shakespeare himself might have known
 
     or (more usually) gardens largely made up of plants mentioned
     in Shakespeare's works.
 
There are (of course) great debates on the identities of some of the plants
since Shakespeare's names for them may not still be in use or may refer to a
variety or family of plants.  The Putnam book (FLOWERS AND TREES OF TUDOR
ENGLAND) has been helpful to me in this area since it shows labelled
illustrations from the Tudor period of the plants and trees.
 
I have tried planting a Shakespeare garden and found that it would be almost
impossible to grow all of the plants in one place not just because of their
large number but also because Shakespeare mentioned plants from many climactic
areas which do not readily grow together.   Here in the Bay Area, I have been
very successful with some of the flowers from bulbs (with the notable
exception of the Crown Imperial which refuses to grow for me), fruit trees,
herbs, marigolds, roses, daisies, ivy and, of course, LOTS of weeds.  The
Damrosch book listed below is a practical guide on how to set up such a
garden.
 
I have visited three Shakespeare Gardens:
 
1) The one in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is hardly worth the effort
to visit except to see the monument (which is partially locked under
metal plates anyway).  The flower beds are often not Shakespeare
plants but many of the bushes and trees are.  It is not well kept up.
 
2) The Huntington Library's in San Marino, California is pleasant
and very formal (we are going back for a second look this Christmas).
It is well maintained and has lots of appropriate flower beds.  Two
of the entries below are about this garden.
 
3) The herb garden at the Anne Hathaway cottage in Stratford, England is
very pretty.  I visited it before I became interested in the
subject of Shakespeare gardens but, as I recall, it is a general
herb garden of the period rather than made up exclusively of plants
mentioned by Shakespeare.  Fox's book listed below is about it.
 
If you know of other books in this area or of other Shakespeare gardens, I
would love to hear of them.  I am particularly interested in whether the
ones in Evanston Illinois and in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden described in the
books below are still there (and, if so, what they are like).  Rsvp.  Many
thanks,
 
Katy Dickinson
Palo Alto, California
 
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Beisley, Sidney SHAKESPEARE'S GARDENS (1864: Longmans Green, London)
 
** Bloom, J, Harvey SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN (1903: J.B. Lippincott Company,
Philadelphia and London)
 
** Carter, Annie Burnham SHAKESPEARE GARDENS / DESIGN, PLANTS, AND
FLOWER LORE  (1937: Dorrance and Company Publishers, Philadelphia)
 
Chamberlain, Lucy and Stephen Tim WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE THROUGH HIS GARDENS
AND PLANTS (1981: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York)
 
** Crane, Walter FLOWERS FROM SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN / A POSY FROM THE
PLAYS (1980: Studio Vista, a division of Cassell Ltd., Great Britain)
reprint of the 1906 edition
 
** Damrosch, Barbara THEME GARDENS (1982: A Regina Ryan Book/ Workman
Publishing, New York) Illustrations by Karl W. Stuecklen
 
** de Bray, Lys FANTASTIC GARLANDS / AN ANTHOLOGY OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS FROM
SHAKESPEARE (1982: Blandford Press, Poole, Dorset)
 
Dent, Alan WORLD OF SHAKESPEARE: PLANTS (1973: Taplinger Publishing, New York)
 
** Ellacombe, Henry N. THE PLANT-LORE AND GARDEN-CRAFT OF SHAKESPEARE
(1896: Edward Arnold, London and New York) New Edition Illustrated
 
** Eyler, Ellen C. "Early English Gardens and Garden Books" (1979: Folger
Books, The Folger Shakespeare Library, U.S.A.)
 
** Fox, Levi "The Shakespeare Gardens" (1966: Jarrold & Sons Ltd,
Norwich, in Association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)
 
** "Garden Notes A Collection of Essays About the Huntington Botanical
Gardens Reprinted from the Huntington Calendar" (1978: The Huntington
Library, San Marino, California)
 
Grindon, Leopold Hartley SHAKESPERE FLORA (1883: Palmer & Howe, Manchester)
 
** Hunt, Doris THE FLOWERS OF SHAKESPEARE (1980: Webb & Bower, Exeter,
England) Forward by Flora Robson
 
** Hubbart, Edith "America's First Shakespeare Garden" (1935: Evanston, Ill.)
 
** Kerr, Jessica SHAKESPEARE'S FLOWERS (1969: Thomas Y. Crowell Company,
New York) Illustrated by Anne Ophelia Dowden
 
** Law, Ernest SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN / STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (1922: Selwyn &
Blount, Ltd., London)
 
Prince, Martha "Shakespearean Bouquet" AMERICAN HORTICULTURALIST v. 64 #4
April 1985
 
** Putnam, Clare FLOWERS AND TREES OF TUDOR ENGLAND (1972: New York
Graphic Society Ltd., Greenwich, Connecticut) Introduction by W.O. Hassall
 
** Rendall, Vernon WILD FLOWERS IN LITERATURE (1934: The Scholartis
Press, London)
 
** Rhode, Eleanour Sinclair SHAKESPEARE'S WILD FLOWERS / FAIRY LORE,
GARDENS, HERBS, GATHERERS OF SIMPLES AND BEE LORE (1935: The Medici
Society Ltd., London)
 
** Ryden, Mats SHAKESPEAREAN PLAN NAMES / IDENTIFICATIONS AND
INTERPRETATIONS (1978:Almqvist & Wiksell International, Stockholm, Sweden)
Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis / Stockholm Studies in English XLIII
 
** Savage, F.G. THE FLORA & FOLK LORE OF SHAKESPEARE (1923: Ed. J. Burrow
& Co. Ltd., Cheltenham and London)
 
** Singleton, Esther THE SHAKESPEARE GARDEN (1931: William Farquhar
Payson, New York)
 
** Thorpe, James "William Shakespeare at the Huntington" (1977: The
Huntington Library, San Marino, California)
 
Towne, Rosa M. "Plant-Lore of Shakespeare" (1974: Frame House Gallery,
Harvard University) prospectus for a color plate issue inspired by
Ellacombe's THE PLANT-LORE AND GARDEN-CRAFT OF SHAKESPEARE [listed above]
 
** Warner, James A. and Margaret J. White, Photographers,
SHAKESPEARE'S FLOWERS (1987: Middle Atlantic Press, Wilmington, Delaware)
 
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