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Shakespeare’s Garden

Attention fans of the Bard and lovers of flowers. Or both! Head to the west side of Central Park between 79th and 80th Streets and you will stumble into the Shakespeare Garden. The garden was dedicated to the poet and playwright on April 23, 1916, three hundred years after his death.

What makes this plot Shakespearean is that it features hundreds of flowers, bushes, and trees mentioned in his works. Visitors feel like they’re right smack in the middle of the English countryside.  Pretty cool, huh?

One of the draws during the early spring is the planting of “minor bulbs”, miniature plants that are planted in large quantities, resulting in sheets of color.

The Conservancy Zone Gardener, Larry Boes, is putting together a mind-blowing display of daffodils, tulips, fritillaries, and anemones this year to join the lilies, roses, crocuses and other flora.

Here’s a fun fact for the kids:  The Charles B. Stover Bench is a curved seat situated at one of the highest points and gives flower fans a great view of the garden. It’s nicknamed the Whisper Bench because if someone whispers into one corner of the bench, the sound of their voice will travel to the other side for only one other person to hear.

As you stroll the garden, look for ten small bronze plaques inscribed with Shakespearean quotes referencing horticulture and a bench on the east side near Belvedere Castle with a plaque dedicated to the late Shakespearean actor (and famed spouse two times over to Elizabeth Tayor) Richard Burton.

We’re excited that we’re entering the most beautiful time of year in our parks!

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