GLORY IN THE FLOWER

Wordsworth’s love of gar­den­ing

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Although Wordsworth is for­ever as­so­ci­ated with the wild beauty of the Lake District, a new book re­veals the Ro­man­tic poet’s love for na­ture in its more cul­ti­vated form, ex­plor­ing the do­mes­tic flow­ers that in­spired him through­out his life. It chron­i­cles his lit­er­ary use of flora, and re­veals the poet to be a keen gar­dener, who struc­tured his plots as care­fully as his son­nets. De­spite Wordsworth’s pas­sion for hor­ti­cul­ture, his fond­ness for un­tamed ex­u­ber­ance fi­nally pre­vailed – the planting at Dove Cot­tage in Grasmere re­mains even to this day ‘a lit­tle nook of moun­tain-ground’. cg ‘Wordsworth’s Gar­dens and Flow­ers: The Spirit of Paradise’ by Peter Dale and Bran­don C Yen (£30, ACC Art Books) is pub­lished in June.

dove cot­tage in grasmere

above: ry­dal mount (1840), thomas creswick’s paint­ing of the poet’s am­ble­side home

botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions fea­tured in wordsworth’s gar­dens and flow­ers

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