April 23 was the Bard’s birthday, but I think he wouldn’t mind our continuing to celebrate. In the Shakespeare Garden, there used to be an engraved sign near each plant with a relevant quote from one of the plays, but they have all but disappeared.
Nevertheless, the charming, sloped, four-acre Garden–which brings to mind an English cottage garden–has never looked better. The hard-working Garden Conservancy can often be seen there doing some weeding. Clearly they’ve taken to heart Shakespeare’s words from King Henry the Sixth, Part II:
Weeds are shallow-rooted.
Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden,
And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.