2018 Meeting Schedule
Coordinator, Anna Weston
The Shakespearian/Elizabethan Garden
1564 – 1616 and Beyond
Anna Weston, Coordinator
The format of Herb Study will be a bit different this year. Each topic listed will be researched and addressed in some form, art, picture collage, photos, posters or tidbits of information shared by each participant during our conversational “salon,” rather than individual reports.
Our goal is to develop an understanding of herbs, flowers and plants that Shakespeare used in his plays and poems, and how those plants are used past and present in an Elizabethan style garden design. We will have a notebook to keep up with the research and discussions of each topic. Art and research may be copied and shared if participants request it and the “owner” agrees.
September 28: Host, Anna Weston “Make me a willow cabin at your gate” Early Gardens in the Life of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon
October 26: Host, Mary Jo Wilson, “Get thee all three into the box-tree”. Museum of Garden History, St Mary-at-Lambeth, London, burial place of John Tradescant.
November 30: Hosts, Susan Edquist and Barbara Harris “Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram; the marigold, that goes to bed with the sun,” Herbs that are often used in the herb garden section of an Elizabethan Garden.
December 28: Host, Linda Mooth, “Not poppy, nor mandragora,” In 1916 The Shakespeare Garden, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, was begun with a collaboration of the English and botany departments.
January 26: Host, Terry Wheeler, “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners” Hyssop, nettles, lettuce, thyme… what interest you about these plants chosen by Shakespeare for use in Iago’s lines in Othello; 1.3.322?
February 22: Host, Kathy Ryan, “As sweet as balm, as soft as air,” “Bee Plant” to Shakespeare because bees, “are delighted with this herb above all others”, John Gerard, botanist.
March 15: Host, Ellen Corbett, “go, bind thee up young dangling apricots” In the Gardens of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, trees mentioned by Shakespeare in several plays are used in parklike settings.
April: No meeting; NC Unit Herb Sale. “Pick a thousand salads ere we light on such another herb.”
May 24: Host, Sara Sears . We will carpool, Lunch at Old Salem Tavern – to be planned. “the chamomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows,” An Elizabethan garden has both wide paths and narrow paths, chamomile is often used on the narrow paths.
June Date to be decided: Road Trip, “I do wander every where,” Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island.
Cochlearia officinalis, scurvy grass.
Photo by: Anne Burgess [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons