Unusual and strange versions of plants inspired by Lear's nonsense botany, created by artist Julie Gurr working with design and technology students from St Leonards Academy, were made using willow weaving techniques. These large willow sculptures were exhibited in Gensing Gardens for the duration of the festival.

The nonsense botany section of the anthology inspired a number of projects in the festival reflecting the role of nature in Lear’s career and the enduring popularity of Lear’s hybrid comedy species, including in the 1871 anthology, Bottlephorkia Spoonifolia, Cockatooca Superba and Guittara Pensilis.

Other work on this subject in the festival includes Nonsense Gardens.


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