A garden always has a point. ― Elizabeth Hoyt (The Raven Prince)
What is the point of the garden, the bush, the landscape in folktales? With my colleagues, and friends, Christine, Phillippa we took our audience down a wonderland ‘rabbit hole’ as we explored the impact of transplanting traditional tales into new natural environments: the garden, the bush, the island. With the aid of illustrations we presented a dialogue (trialogue?) that challenged and questioned if, how and why, various natural settings have impacted on the mannerisms, behaviours and appearance of characters in retold/ adapted fairy tales and mythologies.
· Does the oral tradition of fairy tale gardens and forests preclude all other variations?
· How do socio-cultural factors impact on the portrayal of the natural setting?
is equally difficult… Let’s move beyond nclude any place where we can transplant the seeds of a story: forests, mountain fortresses, islands, the bush as well as traditional garden.efining the ‘garden’ in fairy talesOur premise is that gardens are the intersection between people and nature. In fairytales, the garden creates a sense of home, even when the protagonist ventures from it. The garden is not just a location it is the environment or the context in which the action takes place. The garden is not just part of the setting it is part of the ecosystem of the story, ingredients to spark imagination, a place of refuge and a place to rejuvenate. The environment also impacts on the mannerisms, behaviours and appearance of characters traditional oral fairy tales and mythologies.