The Shakespeare Garden in the 1930s.
Are you aware of a hidden garden gem located on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, or of its historical significance?
This garden, a project of The Garden Club of Evanston, was established in 1915 to celebrate the ties between England and America. It also commemorated the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The Shakespeare Garden was designed by Jens Jensen, the renowned Danish-American landscape architect and conservationist who had an office in Ravinia. It is one of only two formal gardens that he designed. All of the trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs in it were plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. The 70- by 100-foot space contains flowers, shrubs, trees and herbs well-suited to our Midwestern climate, such as old roses, hollies, daffodils, nasturtiums and rosemary.
The garden is maintained to this day by The Garden Club of Evanston.