This weekend – why not take in the sights of one of the gardens at Golden Gate Park and pay homage to one of the most celebrated playwrights in history – all at the same time? While the exact birth date of “the Bard” is unknown – William Shakespeare enthusiasts usually send birthday wishes around April 26th – the reported date of his baptism.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Today, his memory and works of literary art are alive and well – not only decorating the bookshelves of every shop and library in town, but also in gardens across America. Golden Gate Park is home to one of these gardens – known as a ‘Shakespeare Garden,’ which centers on plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespearean plays and sonnets – like poppies, daisies, roses, lilies, and violets.

To absorb the intriguing surroundings of Shakespeare’s Flowers, make your way to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Middle Drive East – right in the same vicinity as the Japanese Tea Garden and Strybing Arboretum. The garden is free to enjoy and provides the perfect getaway for relaxation, daydreams, and catching up with a good book.