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Shakespeare's Garden

A scene from Shakespeare's Garden

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An Exhibit Celebrating 15 Years of Shakespeare in the Arb in 2015

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Fri., March 27 – Mon., May 4, 2015

Open daily; free admission

Shakespeare in the Arb turns 15 this summer, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is celebrating with the upcoming exhibit, “Shakespeare’s Garden.” Throughout the conservatory at Matthaei and in the display gardens, plants and flowers that appear in the works of Shakespeare will be featured, accompanied by relevant passages from the bard’s plays and poems.

“The exhibit will be a great opportunity to experience the plants in the conservatory at Matthaei through the words of Shakespeare,” says Matthaei-Nichols visitor services manager David Betz. “and to appreciate how important nature and plants were to Shakespeare and to his work.” Betz adds that the exhibit will have something for everyone: photographs from past Shakespeare in the Arb productions, artist David Zinn’s Shakespeare in the Arb posters, and a selection of original costumes from director Kate Mendeloff’s Residential College productions. Visitors will also see in the conservatory a Shakespearean fairy village complete with Globe Theater, a medieval castle, and an Elizabethan town square.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

1800 N. Dixboro Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI