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Thank you so much for coming to speak to our docents!  Many of them contacted me after the forum to let me know how much they enjoyed hearing you speak.  I know that a good number of the docents purchased your book from the gift shop after the talk...Please keep me posted on other projects you’ve got in the works, and I’ll be sure to keep in contact with you regarding any new educational initiatives here that might be of interest to you.

Jess Hart

Director of Education

Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

We've never had a launch with so many fresh flowers, performances and even prizes. The store was packed and the book sold like hotcakes! It was a delightfully fun experience hosting a Botanical Shakespeare talk.​

Helene Golay

Owner, The Corner Bookstore, NYC

I want to thank you again for a wonderful event at the Chicago Botanic Garden!  I’ve heard only wonderful comments about your talk, the lute music, and soprano’s voice. You, Christopher, and Hannah provided the audience with a wonderful

Sunday afternoon program.
Leora Siegel
Senior Director, Lenhardt Library,

Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL

...Gerit captivated us with a dynamic, thoughtful and witty presentation

given at an independent bookstore downtown. Cuing off the NYTimes’ recent story, Our Polluted Senses, Gerit countered that Shakespeare’s writing offers the chance to “revive and transform our sensory experiences,”

experiences dulled today by a ubiquitous bombardment of noise, light,

and inferior food (all referenced in the Times story).

“In Shakespeare’s works,” said Gerit, “Plants have people and plots attached to them. They connect to nature, life, emotion, even the military.” She referenced

Shakespeare’s eight plays covering the Wars of the Roses as a case in point.“The plants allow you an exciting way into Shakespeare and Shakespeare offers

a refreshing way to understand plants,” she said.

Judith Iacuzzi

Garden Club of Evanston, Evanston, IL

When Ms. Quealy mentioned to me that her book, Botanical Shakespeare was being published, I was immediately inspired to create a non-traditional book reading

and signing for the people of Newark.

I asked Ms. Quealy if she would do a reading from the book while an Newark

artist-led participants in a art workshop based on the illustrations at one of my favorite places in Newark, Riverfront Park. ...The day was perfect. The participants, the beautiful weather and scenery, and of course Ms. Quealy's readings.

I think the best part was when she invited a little girl to read with her

while her family completed their art projects. ​

Suzanne Joblonski, Newark, NJ


I hope very much to hear you speak again in the Chicago area (in fact, believe an invitation may be in the works), and trust there are no tech issues this time.

The fact that you were not flummoxed by that breakdown was so impressive.

People felt personally engaged with you, sans the screen & visuals!

You carried it off and the only reason I stood up with your computer is that

I am a botanical artist and love the paintings so much.

Claudia Lane

Garden Club of EvanstonEvanston, IL

Thank you so much for speaking to our docents. It provided another unique way

to learn about plants! It was a delight to meet you and show you around

Meijer Gardens. Best of luck in your exciting upcoming projects!
Julie Francke

Curator of Horticulture Education

Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

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Look what the AMAZING 92nd Street Y made from our visit!



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Planting & Growing Shakespeare

Botanical Shakespeare is the perfect springboard for creating your very own  Shakespeare-themed garden, plot or pot. However, if you would like some guidance, curation, & further insight into planning & planting your garden, Gerit is available for consultations, conceptualization & championing you on. Contact below with any inquiries.

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