John Gerarde, The Herball, 1597 - garden detail on title page

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Date:1597

Description:Shakespeare set scenes in gardens such as this

Many scenes in Shakespeare’s plays are set in gardens. The formal lay-out of beds and hedges seen on this title-page engraving were familiar to Elizabethans and gardens like this inspired scenes in Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Richard II, and Iden’s garden in Henry VI, Part 2..

See:‘Get you all three into the box tree: Malvolio’s coming down this walk’. (Twelfth Night, 2,5, line 13) Lord, who would live turmoiled in the court, and may enjoy such quiet walks as these? (Henry VI, Part 2, 4,10, lines 16-17).


Full Title: John Gerarde, The Herball, [colophon: Edm. Bollifant for Bonham and John Norton], 1597.


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