PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, May 31, the Plainfield Garden Club hosted 64 3rd graders from Jefferson Elementary School at the Shakespeare Garden, located in Cedar Brook Park.  Many of the club members were tending to their assigned flowerbeds when the children arrived. The students were divided into groups of 10 and accompanied with a volunteer docent, who led each group to each flower bed.

Students asked questions on the ‘whys and hows’ of plant life and all about pollinators. Their enthusiasm and many questions were enjoyed by the adults on hand. The students, led by Jefferson teacher, Ms. Melissa Logan, were given an overview of the history of the garden that was founded in the spring of 1915, including a little about Shakespeare, whose many plants and herbs as noted in his works have been grown here, and about the garden club that manages this garden, one of only 25 in the country.

The Plainfield Garden Club would like to thank the volunteer docents for their assistance with this school visit. Docents included: Tim O’Connor, Oliver and Brenda Anderson, Maritza, and Linda McCloud from Plainfield, and Jennifer Sieber from Westfield.

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