Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: Shakespeare Garden


Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.

City of Vancouver Archives, Frank Gowen, AM54-S4-: Tr P24

Mrs. Jonathan Rogers plants an oak to commemorate William Shakespeare’s Tercentary (City of Vancouver Archives, Frank Gowen, AM54-S4-: Tr P24)

Nestled between the Rose Garden and the forest is the Shakespeare Garden, one of several gardens worldwide paying tribute to William Shakespeare.

As part of the celebration for Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary, Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter project will be presenting a plaque for the Shakespeare Garden. The presentation will take place on Sunday, August 25th following the 1 pm recitation of the Bard’s work by the Young Shakespeareans. See the invitation here.

Vancouver’s Shakespeare Garden incorporates 45 trees and 180 plants referencing the bard’s plays and poems. Officially opened in 1936 during Vancouver’s Golden Jubilee celebration, the first tree was actually planted on behalf of the Vancouver Shakespeare Society in 1916 to honour the tercentenary of Shakespeare’s death.

A prominent feature of the garden is the Shakespeare monument designed and sculpted by architect J.F. Watson.

The Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir opened the garden by saying, “I like to think of Shakespeare as someone who lived and worked with flowers. He made his gardens beautiful and you have followed his pattern in true spirit. Shakespeare, I am sure would have loved to live here.“

Come join us as we celebrate Stanley Park and the Shakespeare Garden.