The Arthur Meighen Gardens, Stratford, Ontario

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The grounds around the Stratford Festival are worth the trip, even if you’re not particularly fond of Mr. Shakespeare and his work. It had been some time since I’d been there, regretfully. My wife takes an annual pilgrimage weekend with her mom and sisters to hang out and take in a production.

Unfortunately I only brought my iPhone and so, with no real camera in hand, my image account of this surprisingly impressive garden fell short of what it might have been. That and the crowds made the potential for good picture-taking somewhat limited. None the less, the point of this blog is to bring attention to beautiful botanical destinations and not showcase my imagery. I hope this humble showcase will inspire a visit some bright summer day in the near future.

Not exploding popcorn on a stick!

Not exploding popcorn on a stick!

Surrounding the Stratford Festival Theatre are the Arthur Meighen Gardens. This garden is dedicated to the memory of The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen, P.C., K.C., (1874–1960), teacher, lawyer, businessman and twice Prime Minister of Canada. The gardens were made possible by generous gifts from his family: Hon. Michael A. Meighen and Kelly Meighen, T.R. Meighen Foundation, Lillian Meighen Wright and Don Wright, Mus. D. Born on a farm nearby, he was a lifelong lover of literature and a devoted and erudite student of Shakespeare, of whom he said:

“What he lived for was to reveal human life as it is, ourselves, our friends, the high, the low, the great, the little, on fortune’s tide, in sorrow’s plight, conduct, character, and their changes under the buffetings of fate, and this he did with an understanding so luminous, so powerful that it passes the mortal frontiers of admiration, and with a sympathy as boundless as the globe.”

A full figure sculpture of William Shakespeare in aluminum overlooking the gardens.

A full figure sculpture of William Shakespeare in aluminum overlooking the gardens.

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Nigella or “Love in the Mist”

Nigella or “Love in the Mist”

A foot path stone in the garden, noting a brief quote by William.

A foot path stone in the garden, noting a brief quote by William.

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