This week is National Gardening Week! We'd like to take this opportunity to give you a sneak preview of our plans for Heritage Open Days later this year. As usual, we will be opening our doors on the second weekend of September (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th) to give you the chance to get up close to items from our collections that are not usually on public display.
The event will run from 10am-4pm each day and we hope that visitors and locals alike will pop in and have a look. This will be a free drop in event and we will be looking at plants, gardens and gardening in Shakespeare's time, the gardens of our town and country properties and gardens in the plays and nature as it is represented in performance of the plays, all through our world class library, archive and museum collections. So whether you want to see how the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's gardens have evolved through time, find out what people were growing in Shakespeare's time or reminisce over favourite pastoral productions at the RSC (or indeed learn about Herbert Beerbohm Tree and his thyme and flower strewn A Midsummer Night's Dream... with added rabbits!); we will have something for you.
Come along and meet collections staff and volunteers and enjoy Tudor gardening implements, early printed Herbals and gardening books, historic photos, theatre archives, and local archive documents and drawings.
One particular focus will be the history of New Place Gardens. Find out about the plants that have been sourced for New Place Garden in the past and how our gardeners are bringing these back. Learn about the work of Ellen Ann Willmott. Meet our gardeners and hear about their work and sign up if you fancy volunteering in our beautiful gardens in future.