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Literary Gardens

If you enjoy gardening and reading, then a literary garden might be just for you. Literary gardens showcase plants or environments featured in literature. They also allow you to experience the same views, stroll down the same paths, and enjoy the same plants that inspired your favorite writers.

The Shakespeare Garden in Portland, Oregon, includes roses, poppies, cedar, and oak—all plants that appeared in Shakespeare’s writings.

The Faulkner Literary Garden in Union County, Mississippi, features plants highlighted in some of William Faulkner’s novels.

The next time you’re reading a book by your favorite author, jot down any plants mentioned. Children’s books are also popular sources of inspiration, especially for that added touch of whimsy.

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