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

Apr 23, 2013

In Elizabethan times, garden herbs were used for a great deal more than just cooking.
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

 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.

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