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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Shakespeare in Bloom at Cedar Brook Park today

A new rustic fence has replaced the former picket fence.

Plainfield Garden Club members will host the group's 'Shakespeare In Bloom' event this Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Founded in 1915, the 103 year-old 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 is on the NJ Women's Heritage Trail (more here).

Early 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 of fewer than a hundred such worldwide celebrating the playwright and poet who helped shape the modern English language.

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, where there are extensive resources on the history of the club and the Shakespeare Garden.

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.

Rain date is Sunday, June 10, same hours.

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