Shakespeare Garden Tours

Shakespeare Garden Tours

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Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Shakespeare Garden Tours

Free and open to the public

Free and open to the public

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.

Spend some time before taking your seat in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or in the University 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.

Performance Extras

Free Event
Classics 101 May 31-Jul 5, 2021

Classics 101

Learn all about the plays in Colorado Shakespeare…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Classics 101
Picnicking Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Picnicking

75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Free Event
Green Shows Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Green Shows

Enjoy some pre-show entertainment in the Shakespeare Garden…

Shakespeare Gift Cart Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Shakespeare Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit…

Free Event
Indoor Preshow Talks Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Indoor Preshow Talks

Before most performances, CSF offers a free preshow…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Indoor Preshow Talks
Free Event
Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Outdoor Preshow Talks

Before most performances, CSF offers a free preshow…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Preshow Talks
Free Event
Indoor Cast Talkbacks Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Indoor Cast Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and…

Free and open to the public

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Free Event
Outdoor Cast Talkbacks Jun 4-Aug 8, 2021

Outdoor Cast Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Cast Talkbacks

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