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On a Midsummer Night

The Shakespeare Garden is one of Northwestern’s cherished hidden gems.

Image: Bill Arsenault

Tucked away behind a wall of hawthorn hedges lies Shakespeare Garden, one of Northwestern’s cherished hidden gems. The garden is home to various trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs that were mentioned in Shakespeare’s writings, were common during his lifetime or are modern cultivars of those older plants. The Garden Club of Evanston has maintained the garden since its creation more than 100 years ago. The garden was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Representatives of the city and the University joined the Garden Club of Evanston to celebrate the 2015 centennial of Shakespeare Garden and their roots in a shared endeavor.

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