National Garden Scheme Lecture 2016

National Garden Scheme Lecture 2016

In the second annual National Gardens Scheme Lecture Sir Roy Strong spoke about the history and restoration of Shakespeare’s Garden.

2016 saw the opening of a revamp of the garden on the site of Shakespeare’s house; New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon. Earlier in the 1920s that site saw the first attempt to recreate a garden of a type the playwright would have known. It is still there today and is an early landmark in garden re-creation. But why did they want to do such a thing? Shakespeare and the garden is a fascinating subject, for without any real basis in fact Shakespeare, by the Victorian age, was turned into a hands-on gardener. The quest for the writer’s garden ushers onto the stage a bizarre list of characters among them the sensationalist novelist Marie Corelli, Edward VII’s mistress Daisy, Countess of Warwick and E. F. Benson’s notorious Lucia, Queen of Riseholme.

 

When and where

Tuesday 8 November, 2016, 7:00 pm9:30 pm

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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