Shakespeare Garden

Project Status: COMPLETED

Completion Date: Spring 2016

The Garden Club of Evanston conceived the idea of designing and implementing a Shakespeare Garden on Northwestern University property in 1916 and secured the renowned Landscape Architect Jens Jensen to design the garden. In 1988, the garden was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The University, as a gift to the Garden Club of Evanston, funded this enhancement project to honor the Garden Club of Evanston’s Centennial milestone. Enhancements included existing architectural stone and garden restoration, new stone benches with sundial plinth and plaque, new custom designed wood obelisks, new irrigation system, lighting for the garden, pathway restoration with upgrades.

Project Teams


Design Team: Garden Club of Evanston, Northwestern University, Hitchcock Design Group, Erin McNamara, Peter Hugh Lighting

Contractor Team: Rosborough Partners, Block Electric, Central Irrigation, Masonry by Fernando, Architectural Cast Stone