Writers have often used gardens as powerful tropes to convey a wide range of ideas and complex thoughts, whether they be used as idealized settings for human interaction or as broader microcosms of the experiences of species interaction. This intriguing online website from the British Library allows users to see "how gardens have inspired authors and how authors in their turn have shaped notions of the garden." This overarching theme draws on the work of novelists, essayists, scientists, and numerous others, and affords visitors the ability to view six illustrated themes (such as "Where is Paradise?"), enter competitions, and send e-cards. One rather astonishing feature allows visitors to turn the pages of Elizabeth Blackwell's famed "A Curious Herbal", which was published in London around 1731. This particular copy was once the property of King George III, which gives the visitor a certain sense of having a rare opportunity to view the pages as perhaps he would have done so himself.


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