Shakespeare Gardens

Shakespeare Gardens

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Jun 5-Aug 7, 2022

Shakespeare Gardens

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who love Shakespeare’s work to extend their experience from the sight and sounds of the stage to the scent and sweet beauty of his gardens. For a virtual tour and more visit the Colorado Shakespeare Gardens website.

Spend some time before taking your seat in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and visit the courtyard between the Hellems and Education buildings. Here, a passionately committed team of volunteers cultivates and tends to gardens dedicated to the plants that Shakespeare knew and memorably referenced in his plays—from a towering specimen of Rosa alba x alba, the White Rose of York, to the ancient Rosa gallica officianalis, the Red Rose of Lancaster.

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Relish the fragrance of musk roses, carnations, rosemary, fennel and rue and banks of thyme, lavender and savory. Visit our sample of a traditional Elizabethan knot garden and be enchanted by our moonlight garden interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Encounter familiar carrots, lettuces, squash, turnips and radishes in the Kitchen Garden, punctuated with bay and apricot trees and twisted willow teepees for climbing peas and beans.

CSG members are available in the courtyard to answer questions each Saturday when a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays is scheduled in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, beginning approximately 90 minutes prior to curtain. Garden guide brochures are always available in the garden to aid your self-guided tours.

CSG enthusiastically welcomes new members, donors and sponsors. We devote ourselves to work in the gardens from March through October. In the winter months, we gather periodically to prepare for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming season with presentations on the season’s Shakespeare plays and with plant research.

A few of our favorite quotations

“Our bodies are our gardens, to the which
our wills are gardeners; so that if we plant
Nettles, or sow Lettuce, set Hyssop, and weed
up Thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs….”
—Iago, Othello I, iii.

“There is Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you love remember. And there is Pansies, that’s for thoughts. There’s Fennel for you, and Columbines. There’s Rue for you, and here’s some for me….”
—Ophelia, Hamlet IV, v.

“That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O’ it came o’er my ear, like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of Violets,
Stealing and giving odour.”
—Duke Orsino, Twelfth Night I, i.

“Here flowers for you; Hot Lavender, Mints, Savory, Marjoram,
The Marigold that goes to bed wi’ th’ sun, …
The fairest flowers o’ th’ season
Are our Carnations, and streak’d Gillyvors,….”
—Perdita, Winter’s Tale IV, iv.

“Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.” —Henry IV, Part I

At the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, your safety and security remain a top priority. In light of the ongoing fight against COVID-19, we’re enacting new and enhanced health protocols onsite. These changes include distanced seating, contactless ticketing options, required masks and more. Of course, as we approach the festival’s opening, the policies may change based on up-to-date recommendations from campus and local health authorities; we will provide details as they become available. Learn more

Thank you in advance for following festival protocols. Your efforts ensure a safe Shakespearience for everyone and make it possible for our company to finally return to the Mary Rippon.

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