Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2003 :: October ::
Shakespearean Gardens
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1997  Monday, 13 October 2003

[1]     From:   Alice Spitulnik <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Saturday, 11 Oct 2003 12:28:08 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Shakespearean Gardens

[2]     From:   Katy Dickinson <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Saturday, 11 Oct 2003 16:03:11 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespearean Gardens


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Alice Spitulnik <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Saturday, 11 Oct 2003 12:28:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Shakespearean Gardens

Does anyone know where and when the first Shakespearean garden was
established? Thanks....Alice

[2]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Katy Dickinson <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Saturday, 11 Oct 2003 16:03:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespearean Gardens

In answer to the question "Does anyone know where and when the first
Shakespearean garden was established?" -

My oldest book on Shakespeare plants is the delightfully illustrated
_The Plant-Lore and Garden-Craft of Shakespeare_ by Henry N. Ellacombe,
published in London in 1896.  On p.396, Ellacombe writes:

        "The whole fashion of the Elizabethan garden has passed away,
        and will probably never be revived; but before we condemn it as
        a ridiculous fashion, unworthy of the science of gardening, we
        may remember that it held its ground in England for more than
        two hundred years, and that during that time the gardens of
        England and the flowers they bore won not the cold admiration,
        but the warm affection of the greatest names in English
        history, the affection of such a queen as Elizabeth, of such a
        grave and wise philosopher as Bacon, of such a grand hero as
        Raleigh, of such poets as Spenser and Shakespeare."

It does not sound as though Shakespeare gardens were an English fashion
when Ellacombe wrote this.

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park was established in 1870. I don't know
when the Shakespeare Garden there was first planted.

The Huntington Botanical Gardens were started on the Huntington estate
in Pasadena, California around 1903.  I don't know when the Shakespeare
Garden there was first planted.

I have a booklet dated 1935 called "America's First Shakespeare Garden"
which says that the Garden Club of Evanston, Illinois created the first
American Shakespeare garden in 1916 on the land of Northwestern
University to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
The booklet says that a Shakespeare Garden is "...one in which are grown
artistically only those plants, herbs, and flowers made famous by the
matchless pen of the prince of dramatists..."

The Shakespeare garden in New York's Central Park was also created in
1916.

The Shakespeare Garden section of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was
donated by Henry C. Folger, founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library in
Washington, D.C., in 1925.

Hope this helps.

Katy

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.