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Shakespearean Gardens
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2008  Wednesday, 15 October 2003

[1]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 00:35:23 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens

[2]     From:   Susanne Collier-Lakeman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 15:23:52 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens


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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 00:35:23 -0700
Subject: 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens

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

The Shakespeare Garden was begun in 1928.  It's mainly a rectangular
lawn with a border of about 150 plants, enclosed in a hedge.  It's nice,
modest, private; bring a book.

>The Huntington Botanical Gardens were started on the
>Huntington estate in Pasadena, California around 1903.

The Huntington has a lot more money than Golden Gate Park, and is far
nicer.

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

But it was a wreck decades later and was completely reconstructed in
1987.  Details:
http://www.centralparknyc.org/virtualpark/thegreatlawn/shakespearegarden/

Cheers,
Al Magary

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From:           Susanne Collier-Lakeman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 15:23:52 -0700
Subject: 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1997 Shakespearean Gardens

Well, there is "Perdita's Garden" which is parodied in E.F.  Benson's
Queen Lucia in the front garden of Lucia's Elizabethan house in the
Cotswolds. That is from the 1920s.  If a self-conscientiously
"intertextual" writer like Benson made a parody of a Shakespeare garden
in the 20s, one imagines they'd been around for quite a while.

Herbaciously yours,
Susanne Collier
California State University, Northridge

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