Shakespeare’s Gardens Day at Minterne House

Tuesday 11th October (10am)

A lecture by Jackie Bennett: The story of the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and as a man.

The five Stratford-upon-Avon gardens represent the different phases of Shakespeare’s life – from his birthplace in Henley Street, to his childhood playground at Mary Arden’s Farm, to his courting days at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and his final home at New Place – where he created a garden to reflect his fame and wealth.

Jackie will tell the story of Shakespeare’s journey from glovemaker’s son to national poet and how he came to know so much about the plants, flowers and gardens of his time.

Jackie Bennett has written six gardening books including The Writer’s Garden (Frances Lincoln 2014), Wild about the Garden and The Cottage Garden. She writes for The English Garden magazine and is a former editor of The Garden Design Journal. She won the Garden Writer’s Guild ‘Gardening Column of the Year’ 2009 for a series about her own garden.

In 2015 Jackie undertook a writer’s residency with The Hosking Houses Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon while writing her latest book, Shakespeare’s Gardens (Frances Lincoln, 2016) with photographs by Andrew Lawson. Jackie has appeared on BBC’s Countryfile and on radio.

The lecture will be followed by lunch and the venue garden tour, which are included in the price. Cost: £38 for DGT members, £42 for non-members.

For more information on Dorset Gardens Trust please see here.