PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, April 19th, members of the Plainfield Garden Club opened the Shakespeare Garden for its 90th season.

On a sunny and unseasonably warm morning, members arrived, tools in hand, for the garden’s spring cleaning.  Daffodils were already in bloom, while allium, lilies, and poppies were sprouting. So, unfortunately, were some early weeds. 'Tis the season! After several hours of work, members treated themselves to an on-site luncheon and lots of camaraderie under the pergola.

As is the tradition, members once again met for a “second” opening of the garden. Work in the garden is either on Wednesday, Saturday, or both depending on schedules. This particular Saturday was cold and damp, a remembrance that it was still April. The rain held off until members settled down for their festive luncheon, which included a 90th birthday cake for the garden.

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Working in the Shakespeare Garden is a satisfying experience.  It has been maintained by the Garden Club since its inception in 1927.  Designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, it is one of only 23 Shakespeare Gardens in the United States.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a part of the Women’s Heritage trail. Located in Union County’s Cedar Brook Park, a quiet residential area of Plainfield, its members come from Plainfield, Westfield, Fanwood and Cranford.

The Club is always looking for new volunteers. Even though the garden requires great effort and ongoing maintenance, the sense of community - friendship, fun and purpose - keep the club strong. If you have the desire to help maintain this treasure, join them at the Garden any Wednesday or Saturday morning between 9:30 am and 11:00 am. You can also access the Garden’s website at plainfieldgardenclub.org for more information or contact us at plainfieldgc@gmail.com.