Shakespeare Garden

This English cottage-garden style exhibits plants mentioned in the Bard's poems and plays. More than 80 of the plants mentioned in the works of Shakespeare grow here. Common or Shakespearean names, the botanical name, references for relevant quotations and, in some cases, a graphic representation of the plant, are displayed on labels.

Spring brings a lovely display of bulbs—starting with snowdrops as early as February followed by a succession of daffodils, fritillary, squill, dwarf irises, and tulips.

In summer, lettuces, berries, and herbs are interplanted with ornamental plants in the beds to create a European-style kitchen garden, while a gorgeous array of summer blooms like lilies, poppies, and snapdragons bloom alongside. Sprays of asters bloom in fall.


Garden Layout

a map of the Shakespeare Garden

Learn More

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Shakespeare Garden 1926
Shakespeare Garden. 2nd Season, 1926. ©1926 Louis Buhle. All rights reserved. For reproduction permission, contact [email protected] To see more historic images of BBG, visit
Shakespeare Garden
Impressionistic colors and textures in BBG's Shakespeare Garden. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.
Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) are among the beautiful blooms on the path between the Fragrance and Shakespeare Gardens. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
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