In The BNOTP Library: Shakespeare In The Garden

With gardening on the mind these days, I’m sharing one of my favorite gardening books, one I purchased per Amazon in September 2006. That was two years before I began blogging; I didn’t even know what a blog was back then and today I have the joy of sharing it with you on this wonderful thing called the World Wide Web. Amazing! 🙂

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In the BNOTP Library: Shakespeare in the Garden
Author: Mick Hales
Hardcover: 144 pages
Book Size: 9.9 x 10 x 0.8

Shakespeare In The Garden by Mick Hales


3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • This book pretty much had me at the title. Any book that combines my love for Shakespeare with another love-gardening, grabs my attention pretty quickly! In this delightful book, the author who is also a landscape photographer, shares 14 gardens from England, the United States and Canada. Shakespeare’s own gardens are included, too!
  •  The pictures are gorgeous…it doesn’t hurt that the author is a landscape photographer! The gardens are enchanting! Some of the gardens included in this book are: Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, England; Cranborne Manor, Dorset, Shakespeare Garden in Central Park, New York; The Shakespeare Garden at the Mayflower Inn, Washington; The Shakespeare Garden in Montgomery, Alabama; The Gardens of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario; The Shakespeare Garden at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, British Columbia  plus six more…too many to list them all here.
  • Pages 82-141 are an illustrated “Alphabet of Plants” highlighting 80 trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs that have at some point been mentioned in one of Shakespeare’s plays. The part of the play where the plant was mentioned, is included in this section alongside the plant. Love that!

If you love Shakespeare and you love gardening, this book is a must-have for your library! You’ll find other gardening books I’ve featured here: Favorite Books On Gardening

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  1. What a fun one! Did he also highlight The Elizabethan Gardens in North Carolina? I had the chance to see it many years ago and it absolutely wowed me. I’d go again – now that I am a gardening adult- in a heartbeat!

    I may have to put this book on my wish list, thanks again for the recommendation, Susan! I always trust your judgement! : – )

    • He missed that one but it sounds like a great one! I had no idea there were so many Shakespeare styled gardens! Wouldn’t it be fun to do a road trip and try to visit them all! They are pretty spread out, though. The other two gardens he photographed in the U.S. were The Shakespeare Garden at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and Northwestern University in Evanstone, Illinois. Thanks, Michele! It’s a beautiful book, one of my favorites.

  2. Hi Susan, I’m really glad you shared this book with us; I’ve put it on my Amazon wish list now. 🙂 I’m a big fan of Shakespeare too; have you seen “Shakespeare In Love?” One of my favorite movies. When I went to England in 1999 with my husband, we visited Stratford-Upon-Avon and saw Shakespeare’s birthplace, as well as his tombstone in the church there. It’s a lovely village; if you ever go to England, I recommend a visit there.

    Have a great week


    • I have but it’s been ages. I need to watch it again. I would love to go to England one day and see Stratford-Upon-Avon! Definitely on my bucket list.

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