Shakespeare Urban Garden

Gloria Stephenson and Kay Gregor in the Shakespeare Urban Garden at the Racine Literacy Council. The organization is looking for volunteers to help at the garden Saturday.

GREGORY SHAVER, gregory.shaver@journaltimes.com

RACINE — The Racine Literacy Council, 734 Lake Ave., needs help in maintaining its Shakespeare Urban Garden. According to the council, it is the only Shakespeare Urban Garden in Wisconsin and is tended by volunteers.

The Friends of the Shakespeare Urban Garden will hold an early spring work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to get the garden ready for spring planting. It is a themed garden that displays plants and herbs mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. The garden is divided into nine distinct areas, each with signs to depict the thematic planting and relevant Shakespearean quotations. A mural by local artist Jerry Belland anchors the garden.

Birthday celebration

The Literacy Council will observe Poetry Month by celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Those attending will be able to share their thoughts about Shakespeare and eat birthday cake as the bust of Shakespeare is moved outside to the Poet’s Corner. There will be readings in English, German, Spanish, Czech, Korean and other languages.

In conjunction with the birthday celebration, a variety of Shakespeare items will be sold to help support the garden. This includes books, graphic novels, prints, playing cards, band aid boxes, postcards, pins, teaching aids, a first folio facsimile and texts.

For more information, contact Andy McLean at 262-833-0092, Kay Gregor at 262-681-0159 or the Literacy Council at 262-632-9495.

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