Shakespeare's New Place

Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

The dramatic transformation of the garden at New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, the former residence of William Shakespeare for 19 years of his adult life, into a major new heritage landmark that celebrates Shakespeare and his legacy, with planting design by Gillespies.

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The re-imagination of New Place provides visitors the opportunity to walk in Shakespeare's footsteps and trace the footprint of his family home in a contemporary landscape setting. Gillespies’ re-imagined planting design provides a creative, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare.

Throughout the garden, there are subtle re-imaginings that will help enhance the 'guest' experience. Themes from Shakespeare's work and life are plentiful, represented through planting, sculptures, text and archaeology.

A raised 'Golden Garden' cuts through and interfaces with all the spaces , creating pause for thought and engagement - 37 pennants stand at random among the golden, year round planting.

At the heart of the site - aptly named Heart of Home - pleached hornbeams encircle His 'Mind's Eye' a bronze sculpture of a windblown tree that depicts Shakespeare's power of imagination. Shakespeare's golden chair and desk are also here.

The sunken Tudor Knot Garden – which formed the centre-piece of Ernest Laws 1920 scheme for New Place - has been fully restored, with the addition of new scented planting.