Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Garden Club Receives Heritage Marker

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club met Tuesday with graphic artist Wm. Roger Clark of the New Jersey Preservation Office to receive a Women's Heritage Trail marker created by Clark.

The Shakespeare Garden is Site # 54 on the statewide trail that tells the story of women's contributions to the agricultural, industrial, labor and domestic history of New Jersey. All 94 sites are described in a downloadable book complete with maps of the sites.

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The Plainfield Garden Club maintains the Shakespeare Garden in Union County's Cedar Brook Park at the city's southern border. Union County Parks and Recreation helps the club with large projects and will install the marker near the garden's new pergola. (Note the pergola and sign for the Shakespeare Garden at the top right of the book cover.)

The Plainfield Garden Club was established in 1915. Read about the Shakespeare Garden's history and more at the link above. Devoted gardeners and lovers of the Bard have established Shakespeare Gardens around the world, notably in Central Park , the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park and of course, Stratford-on-Avon. Plainfield's Shakespeare Garden is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thanks to the Plainfield Garden Club for the untiring work of its members. Not only have they created a special place of beauty in Plainfield, their efforts continue to bring pride and acclaim to the city.


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