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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shakespeare Garden event today has special guests

Garden Club members Jeanne Turner and Barbara Sandford
relax during preparations for 2011 'Shakespeare in Bloom'.

NOTE: A little bird told me that longtime Plainfield Garden Club members Barbara Sandford and Bernice Swain will be making brief appearances at today's event.

Members of the Club will host the group's annual 'Shakespeare In Bloom' event today, June 1, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Founded in 1915, the club is a member of the Garden Clubs of America and has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the Shakespeare Garden for the public's enjoyment since it was first laid out in 1927 as part of the Olmsted-designed Union County Parks system. The Shakespeare Garden was recently added to the NJ Women's Heritage Trail (see here).

The first week of June is considered the prime moment in the garden's annual cycle of plants in bloom, so you can look forward to spectacular flowers, herbs and shrubs. Members will offer guided tours of the garden throughout the event, pointing out to visitors that all the plants featured in the elaborate beds are mentioned in Shakespeare's writings.

Plainfield's Shakespeare Garden is one fewer than a hundred worldwide celebrating the playwright and poet who helped shape the modern English language.

In addition to tours of the garden, visitors will be treated to art exhibited by students of Plainfield's own duCret School of Art, New Jersey's oldest independent fine arts school; and cameo performances by members of the Edison Valley Playhouse company, at the end of Woodland Avenue in Edison.

As always, there will be heirloom plants on sale and refreshments offered by members of the club. For more information, check the Plainfield Garden Club website here.

The event is free and everyone is cordially invited. Because Cedar Brook Park's roadways are one way, the best entry is either from Rose Street or from Park Drive, off Park Avenue. Parking is available along the park's roadways.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Rebecca Williams said...

Okay, my Shakespeare is not what it used to be, but I did manage to crank out two soliloquys--one from Macbeth and one from Othello--a bit rusty, but fun!