A garden filled with flowers, shrubs, herbs and trees mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays is a new addition to the East Texas area. Appropriately named the Texas Shakespeare Garden, it is located between the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center and the Child Development Center on the Kilgore College Campus.
Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association member Nelda Lewis provided the original inspiration for the garden. Ms. Lewis researched the project for two years, making sure it is as authentic as possible, and she also gave the first donation to the project. Backed by many people in the community, the garden was completed with donations from garden clubs, civic groups and private citizens.
The Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association has donated the garden to Kilgore College and dedicated it to Texas Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Raymond Caldwell.