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Colorado Shakespeare Gardens

Colorado Shakespeare Gardens

CU Boulder Campus, Boulder, CO 80309

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens are located in the Courtyard between Hellems, where the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre is located, and the Education Building.

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens, established in 1991, educates the public on the plants referenced in the works of William Shakespeare through cultivation of a public garden, free garden tours, public presentations and published research. Many of Shakespeare's plays are rich with quotations about plants and trees. Our goal is to grow plants that were authentic to Shakespeare's time.

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.

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Getting Here

Public Transportation

Boulder residents can catch a number of local buses to campus, including the Skip, Dash, 204, 225, Hop and Stampede.

Denver metro residents can catch the Flatiron Flyer, serving the Highway 36 corridor between Denver Union Station and the CU Boulder Campus. 

Longmont residents can catch the Bolt into Downtown Boulder and transfer to any of the local bus routes mentioned above to reach the CU Boulder campus.

Visit the RTD Trip Planner


You can ride right up to the show, as all CU Presents venues have banks of outdoor bike racks nearby. Using Google Maps for directions is easy: just type in your starting point and destination and select the bicycle symbol.

Don't have your own wheels? Boulder B-cycle's easy, affordable bike-sharing system boasts 41 bike stations located around town and on the CU Boulder campus. 

Ride Service

Ride services such as Lyft, Uber or Boulder Yellow Cab (now called Z-Trip) can drop you off near the venue.


The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens are outside and accessible by surrounding sidewalks. The gardens are wheelchair accessible by pathway from Lot 208 in front of the CU Museum of Natural History, which leads around to the Gardens and the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. Avoid the stairs on the east end facing the University Memorial Center.