Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Advertisement Feature - botan­i­cal­shake­

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.

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