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There are so many ways to use Botanical Shakespeare—we have lots of suggestions in 50 Ways to Use This Book, but we're excited about what everyone else is coming up with and we'd love to post how you're using it, too.

Here are some examples of innovative ways teachers are using the book.

A few suggestions from us!

Check out the planting information for a given play: cultivate characters & plots;

Try a scent garden or bouquet—what does A Midsummer Night's Dream smell like?

Put lovers in container pots.

Grow your own Shakespeare Salad! 

Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, middle school teacher at Palouse Prairie School in Moscow, Idaho has used this book to inspire both art projects & gardening plots!

Rebekka says: "Each year students create collages inspired by [A Midsummer Night's Dream] and our garden will inspire papercut artwork of the plants they choose."

Fascinating! We're just amazed by the beauty and originality here.

"Students are taking their jobs as garden designers seriously and receiving this resource was such an exciting addition to the work. Here are a few pictures of their designs. We are currently working on finding grant money for the project, planning to prep the site, and consulting with a landscape designer to help students combine their designs into a final plan," Rebekka explains.

Liz Bengels of Berta Dreyfus Intermediate School on Staten Island, NY: "I wanted to emphasize that it's nice to have a book whose beauty in terms of spatial arrangement, design, color, etc. serves as a perfect complement to Shakespeare's beautiful arrangement of words, thoughts, and feelings.

 

...I think I was trying to encourage kids to see how the arts are interconnected (the artist [Sumié Hasegawa] was a concert pianist if I remember correctly [yes!]) and how all arts are enriched by curiosity and the kind of patient attention to detail that Gerit applied to her research."