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Shakespeare’s Head Garden

The garden behind the building known as Shakespeare’s Head, located at 21 Meeting Street, belongs to the Shakespeare’s Head Association, a nonprofit organization that is responsible for the building and property. Following the 1938 hurricane that devastated much of Providence, the garden was redesigned by landscape architect James Graham in the Colonial Revival style.  Since then, it has been modified slightly to simplify maintenance and more accurately reflect the earlier Colonial period of the house itself.  

For many years, landscape design and care was provided by Shakespeare’s Head Association board member Lalla Searle, a landscape architect who also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design.  The Barbara S. Gwynne Fund, established at the Rhode Island Foundation, contributes funding for the ongoing care of the garden.

Garden Plan

Plant List: Carolina Silverbell, Common Lilacs, Thift, Foxgloves, Rosa Mundi, Scotch Rose, Fothergilla, Native Columbine, Gas Plant, Dwarf Viburnum, Tree Peony, Common Boxwood, Magnolia, Germander, Rose of Sharon, Barlett Pear Trees, Lady Fern, Herbacious Peony, False Fern, Herbaceous Peony, False Indigo, Quince Tree, Linden Tree, Currants, Wisteria, Cork Tree, and Goatsbeard.

Garden images