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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE TALKS
"Gerit, it was a pleasure. The session was great. I loved how you showed the relevance to our current situation."
Playwright, Librettist, and Lyricist
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.
Director of Education
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.
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.
Senior Director, Lenhardt Library,
...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.
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.
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.
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!
Curator of Horticulture Education
Look what the AMAZING 92nd Street Y made from our visit!
PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS
Sweep Up Your Shakespeare
Did you know a broom is from Broom?
"I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door," says Puck.
Cynthia Main of SunHouse Crafts joins us to teach you how to make a real broom (from Broom) and all manner of other useful household items. Shakespeare’s storehouse of everyday plants makes great rakes, Walnut spoons, or a handy wooden spork to replace your precarious plastic.
Fun & eco-friendly.
Shakespeare & the Dyer’s Hand
Some of the most vibrant colors in clothing came from distilled plants.
Historic dye-maker Jennifer Ratcliffe joins us for this fun & informative hands-on workshop on how to make dyes out of plants & flowers the old-fashioned way.
Images: 92nd Street Y