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In the Garden with Geri: On Shakespeare’s Birthday, Elizabethan Herbs

Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE
Audio version of this story here.

 These days, when we think of garden herbs, we might consider rosemary for our chicken or a little basil for our pizza. But in William Shakespeare’s time, herbs were hardly limited to the kitchen.

Today, on Shakespeare’s birthday, horticulturist Geri Laufer takes us for a walk through the herb garden as the sixteenth-century playwright might have seen it.


Broadcast version of the story that ran on City Cafe, Tuesday April 23, 2013

Thanks to actor Veronika Duerr of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, for providing dramatic readings.