Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden

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Landscape architect Jens Jensen, invented under the guidance of the American Theater Union, developed a design for the Memorial Garden on the 30th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. This idea is located on the Northwestern University campus and was adopted by the Evanston Garden Club. The garden is located in the landfill and was built between 1916 and 1930.

Jensen’s interest in the drama is demonstrated by the mask as an annual sacrifice, and the idea of ​​such a garden is a logical extension of his work. Jensen’s idea here is to “express emotions in memory of this great poet”, while at the same time choosing a plant that was common in the British Elizabethan era.

Jensen gave dignity to the garden by surrounding the garden with a forest border, making the garden with simple flower beds look like the sun in the forest. There is also a sundial and a fountain (designed by the Burnham Brothers). Since donation in 1930, the garden has been managed by the Evanston Garden Club. In 1988 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.


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