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Friday, April 26, 2013

Get down and dirty in the Shakespeare Garden Saturday

The Shakespeare Garden is an inspiration to all.
The ladies of the Plainfield Garden Club are looking for folks who like to get their hands dirty! This Saturday morning marks the launch of the Club's 'Saturdays in the Shakespeare Garden' slated to run two Saturdays a month through early November, from 9 AM to 11 AM, leaving plenty of time for your regular Saturday chores.

This is an unmatched opportunity to those with green thumbs to get to work with the plantings in the garden, all of which are mentioned in Shakespeare's writings and some of which are quite strange and unusual to modern American gardeners. Not to mention what you can learn about their folk and medicinal uses. The weeds are less rare and exciting, but you can help with them, too!

The Shakespeare Garden, designed by the famed Olmsted firm, is celebrating 87 years and is on the National Registry of Historic Places and New Jersey's Womens' Heritage Trail.

You will also want to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 1, when the Garden Club will put on its annual 'Shakespeare in Bloom' -- this year with special activities, which I will cover in a later post.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the club for maintaining this botanical treasure for all these years. For more information about the Plainfield Garden Club and links to its many pages of historical interest, visit their website at

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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