The Bellevue Botanical Garden presents Shakespeare on August 16th FREE at Noon. What a perfect marriage of natural beauty and classic theater art. A perfect marriage in another wonderful way. A marrriage of the history of Bellevue and it’s youth. You see if Cal and Harriet Shorts had not had a deep belief in “local community involvement” and made a gift of their home (now serving as the visitor center) and 7 1/2 acres surrounding it, to the City in 1984 , today’s 53 acre Bellevue Botanical Garden would more likely than not, be just another Bellevue housing developement.
Now 27 years later The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation is presenting a one hour performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” with actor’s that weren’t even born in Cal and Harriet Shorts lifetime.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden offically opened on June 27, 1992 becoming a destination for thousands each year. It’s success due to yet another marriage. That of the City of Bellevue and it’s allaiance with volunteer group’s like Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and the Northwest Perennial Alliance who help with the management in a major way.
The parks well maintained flower gardens at it’s heart, are complimentated by natural native forest that surround it. Trails weave through this woodland wonder within a couple of blocks from busy, cutting edge, mirror faced highrise, techy, downtown Bellevue. I like to wonder as I hike the trails through a landscape older, than Bellevue itself, “When Shakespeare was penning his play some 500 years ago, what did this very ground look like ?”
The Bellevue Botanical Garden gives us so many reasons to enjoy it. That’s why I have taken up the opportunity to do a little voluntary yardwork myself in some of it’s many gardens . Check with the Bellevue City Park’s Department if you’d like to join the fun.
On August 16th, I’m looking forward to seeing Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It”, The Bellevue Youth Theater’s performers, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, and YOU !!!
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