There is no ancient gentleman but gardeners’ – Hamlet, act 5 scene 1
William Shakespeare introduced a diversity of lives on stage and came to perceive human life itself as a stage. But was the brilliant playwright and working actor also an avid gardener? That is the question author Jackie Bennett posed in researching Shakespeare’s Gardens, the first book to delve deeply into the real gardens that Shakespeare enjoyed as a boy and tended as a man.
JACKIE BENNETT will be one of our speakers at The Charroux Literary Festival in August 2017. She has written six gardening books including The Writer’s Garden (Frances Lincoln 2014), Wild about the Garden and The Cottage Garden, as well as co editing a biography of well-known catholic women, Convent Girls (Virago 2003). She writes for The English Garden magazine and is a former editor of The Garden Design Journal. She has a BBC Wildlife Magazine award for nature writing and won the Garden Writer’s Guild ‘Gardening Column of the Year’ 2009 for a series about her own Norfolk garden. In 2015 Jackie undertook a writer’s residency with The Hosking Houses Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon while writing Shakespeare’s Gardens.
Shakespeare’s Gardens is available from the Shakespeare Bookshop in Stratfordupon-Avon and booksellers around the UK, or visit www.shakespeare.org.uk and www.quartoknows.com