Botanica’s Shakespeare Garden is a beautiful blend of formal and cottage gardens characteristic of the Elizabethan era. Visitors standing on the upper level appreciate the balanced, symmetrical stone pathways. Guests wander through a variety of perennial herbs and flowers, around the Central Fountain and to engaging art pieces throughout the Shakespeare Garden.
Many of the featured plants are mentioned in Shakespeare’s works or were popular in the genteel gardens of his lifetime. As in Hamlet, for example, Ophelia says, “There’s fennel for you, and columbines.” The Shakespeare Garden is bursting with blossoms referenced in his writing. Combined with the teak benches and Hawthorn Trees, this area creates a respite for all who visit Botanica.
Four Seasons statues, placed in each corner of the Garden, represent spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each of the women are made of Carrara marble, the same Italian marble used by Michelangelo to carve the statue of David. As you walk through the garden, the women get older through the seasons and their dresses grow longer.
Shakespeare’s Bust is a copy of Roubiliac’s Shakespeare, which is housed in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The Bust is located between the Boxwoods and surrounded by Incense Cedar Trees.
The Arton Sundial is one of only twelve in the world and found near the Garden’s exit. Manufactured in Sweden, the King of Sweden has the first edition. As the sun hits the piano wire, it casts a shadow onto the dial and indicates the time of day. It is known to be one of the most accurate sundials in the world.
The Shakespeare Panels screen the Garden’s exit with 12 laser cut pieces of steel. Each contains a unique quote from Shakespeare’s writings. Crafted in Colby, Kansas, sunlight shines through the panels in the evening and illuminates the cutout design.