A richly illustrated volume that illuminates Shakespeare’s understanding of the natural world and gardens as he knew them. Sir Roy Strong is an art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Strong has written many books on garden history, including The Renaissance Garden in England, also published by Thames & Hudson.
126 illustrations 23.0 x 16.0 cm 112pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 252246 October £14.95
The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden Roy Strong
Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Of middle summer, and I think they are given To men of middle age The Winter’s Tale (4.4.122-7)
Shakespeare’s potent use of garden imagery has captivated successive generations of readers and inspired the making of gardens across the globe. Laced with quotations and abounding with illustrations drawn from sources including Elizabethan gardening books, embroidered fabrics and hand-coloured herbals, The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden 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. Sir Roy Strong’s lively account is supplemented by Francis Bacon’s 1625 essay ‘Of Gardens’ extolling the virtues of the ‘purest of human pleasures’. Introduced by Strong, Bacon’s essay delights the senses and provides accessible advice to gardeners from a 17th-century perspective.
Published in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.