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Shakespeare Garden in Stanley Park

main monument in Shakespeare Garden in Stanley Park
main monument in Shakespeare Garden in Stanley Park

One of the gardens in Stanley Park is the Shakespeare garden.  There has been a trend in the early 1900s to create "Shakespeare Gardens" around the world.  There is even one in New York's Central Park.  The Shakespeare garden in Stanley Park consists of one main monument to the bard and about 45 trees that have been planted in the area of the garden.  Some of the trees are trees mentioned in the bard's works.  These trees have plaques that indicate which tree they are and the quote from his work.

Shakespeare Garden plaque in Stanley Park
Shakespeare Garden plaque in Stanley Park

The plaque says:

Developed to reflect the aspirations of early Vancouver, the Shakespeare Garden is a secluded arboretum of trees mentioned in the Bard's plays and poems.

The first tree was planted by Mrs. Jonathan Rogers in 1916 on the three hundred year anniversary of the Bard's death.  Architect J.F. Watson designed and sculpted the Shakespeare monument in time for the garden's official opening in 1936 by the Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir.

Spornsored by Bruce McIntyre Watson

Vancouver Heritage Foundation  Canada  Vancouver 125

Where is the Shakespeare Garden in Stanley Park?

The Shakespeare Garden is located next (east) to the Rose Garden in Stanley Park.  It is next to the Rose Cottage just up Pipeline Road from the traffic circle.

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