The public is invited to attend the opening and dedication of the Shakespeare Garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m.

The new garden is the first of its kind in Houston and replaces an underutilized lawn area. Features include antique roses, boxwoods and seasonal color surrounding an open sitting area. Strategically placed garden benches overlook a decorative water fountain and William Shakespeare bust to form a quiet enclosure reminiscent of gardens popular during the English Renaissance.

The Shakespeare Garden was inspired by the book “Shakespeare’s Flowers” by Jessica Kerr, which describes the flower imagery in Shakespeare’s plays. Funding was provided in part by Al Friedl, a park ranger at Mercer.

“Al Friedl came to me with this idea after noticing the Houston area lacked a Shakespeare Garden. He thought the garden would not only be visually stunning, but may also inspire a love of Shakespeare in a new generation,” said Mercer Interim Director Jim Nutter. “The new garden will be perfect for reading, visiting with friends, and relaxing.”

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to call 713-274-4160 to help Mercer staff with an accurate headcount for the event.

Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble. For more information, visit


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