by William Shakespeare
There’s Rosemary and rue: these keep
Seeming and savor all winter long.
— Winter's Garden Act 4 Scene 4
Note: Today is the birthday of William Shakespeare. He was born on this day in 1564.
The Bard's works are loaded with references to plants and gardens.
Naturally, roses were linked to the Tudor dynasty as well as the flower’s exceptional beauty and fragrance. Not surprisingly, roses are referred to around a hundred times by Shakespeare.
The Lenhardt Library at the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a Shakespeare Day on Oct. 15, featuring Botanical Shakespeare.…