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John Clare Centre

by Alison Harvey last modified Aug 14, 2014 03:09 PM

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Although Clare is perhaps best known as an advocate of wild nature, he also loved his own cottage garden. More importantly, Clare was a dedicated botanist, and his work meticulously documents the natural world local to his home in Helpston. This is not simply descriptive poetry: Clare's was an intellectual interest in botany. Although Clare's Natural History of Helpstone was not published until 1983, it is a concentrated example of the knowledge and the observational acuity which appears throughout his work. Despite this, relatively little scholarly work has focused on Clare as a botanist. It therefore seemed appropriate to devote our first symposium to this topic. As well as welcoming scholars with an interest in Clare, botany and related subjects, we are delighted to be able to draw on the expertise of those who work and have worked in the Garden, and the day will include a tour of the glorious systematic beds. Registration is £10, which includes refreshments in the morning and afternoon. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic to the garden; lunches are also available in the cafe on-site.

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