What is a Shakespeare Garden?

Shakespeare gardens are found throughout the United states and of course across the pond in Britain. The most famous of these lush gardens in right here in our backyard in Central Park located at West Side and 79th street.

In 1916 the name of the park changed from Garden of the Heart to the Shakespeare Gardens as this marked the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The entire grounds are plated with plants and flowers that are mentioned in all of Shakespeare’s plays. The Garden covers four acres of plants that change according to season. Included among these are plants such as rosemary and pansies, alluded to by Ophelia from the play, Hamlet as well as a plant called thistle, mentioned in the play Much to do about nothing. There is a mulberry tree that is said to have been grown from a section of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in 1602.

There are more than 200 varieties of planting in the Gardens.  Many are low maintenance and would thrive in your own backyard.

Poppy and Mandrake: The poppy has been seen as both a symbol for death (for its blood red color) and sleep (in reference to the opium it contains) in literature. Mandragora, belongs to the nightshades family and possesses a long history in connection with the Hebrew Bible, magic, spells, and witchcraft. In Cleopatra and Antony, Shakespeare makes mention of the plant as an ingredient in a drink that puts people to sleep. You will also find a wide array of other flowers such as Daisies, Violets, and a wide variety of Roses. However, no reputable Shakespearean Garden would be complete without Lilies.  Rows and rows of lilies fill the air with a wonderful smell and the clean, crisp architecture of the long stems break up the low growing flowering plants as well.

The Gardens are relaxing and not heavily traveled by the general public. It makes for a wonderful stroll and again, a great picture gallery for your personal gardening inspirations for your own home.  Get outdoors, experience the beautiful sights and sounds of our World Famous National Parks and call High Tech Landscapes when you’re ready to piece all of the great ideas together.  Making sense of what to put together to help growth and maximize long lasting beauty, takes a professional eye and many years of experience.

In the words of William Shakespeare, What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.