SHAKESPEARE IN THE WILD STAND #AR-544
It’s a year since the publication of Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds and Grasses
Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwrightt so what better way to celebrate our book’s anniversary than to feature it at the Chelsea Flower Show. Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa’s elegant illustrations of more than 170 plants and flowers alongside the Bard’s words, replete with fresh insights and discoveries, seemed ideally suited to the sylvan setting. Last year someone managed to give Dame Judi Dench a copy of the book at the Wellington College exhibit and to our delight, it was later spotted in her BBC-TV programme, My Passion for Trees, where she is seen using it in a quotation quiz with her partner.
At this year’s Chelsea we want to embrace the inspiration of the showground even in a small stand, bringing Botanical Shakespeare to life in a unique way that we call forest bathing! With the help of John Moolenschot of Cineco, a cluster of trees will allow for an immersive experience of Shakespeare’s flora, with an opportunity to hear the surrounding plant life whispering history, echoing plots and poetry, with every step and scent. Explore the secrets of our lyrical grove, where we highlight Shakespeare’s flower celebrating the Chelsea pensioners, and a resplendent Queen Elizabeth I, who ignited the country’s passion for gardening.