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Milwaukee County Parks
For Immediate Release   
                                                                                             
DATE: March 14, 2018
CONTACT: Sandy Folaron
Director of The Domes
414.257.5601 

Sandra.Folaron@MilwaukeeCountyWI.gov

Spring Floral Show
to Open at The Domes, March 31

Shakespeare’s Language of Flowers Comes to Life

MILWAUKEE – Shakespeare in Love, the spring floral show, will take visitors on a journey through the language of flowers. The show opens March 31, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., at The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. The show runs through May 28.
 
As visitors walk along the pastel-tinted displays, they’ll see scroll-shaped signs with quotes from Shakespeare that relate to the nearby flowers. There will be rosemary, that’s for remembrance, and pansies, that’s for thoughts. In addition to these flowers mentioned in Hamlet, there will be thyme and violets from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and daffodils and lavender from A Winter’s Tale. Also carpeting the Show Dome will be hydrangeas, tulips, and Easter lilies, to name a few.
 
“The secret language of flowers is such a romantic concept,” said Sandy Folaron, Director of The Domes. “We thought it would be a fun theme not only for our visitors, but also for the couples having their wedding photos taken here.”
 
Other props in the show include a large gazebo, a representation of Shakespeare's desk, and, watching over the show, a bust of Shakespeare himself.
 
Show hours are Monday–Friday, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission fees range from $5 to $8. When presenting IDs for proof of status, Milwaukee County residents, students of all ages, and people with disabilities receive discounted admission. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. In addition, Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency receive free admission on Mondays, from 9 a.m.–noon, excluding the celebration of major holidays. (Free admission is suspended on Memorial Day.) No food or beverage carry-ins.
 
Special events are planned during the show’s run.

Very Fairy Princess Day
Whether fairy or wizard, princess or Prince Charming, everyone is invited to come in costume to Very Fairy Princess Day, April 14 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Characters from popular fairy tales will be on-site. Event-goers may listen to The Fairy Godmother reading fairy tales, go on a scavenger hunt, have their faces painted, or watch a balloon-twister. A fairy garden craft is available for $10 each. The event is included with regular Domes admission.
 
Art in the Green
Art and fine crafts by 36 local and regional artists will be on display May 5, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and May 6, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Jewelry, paintings, wood art, fiber art, sculpture, and photography will be among the items for sale in the Domes Annex. Live music and food vendors will complement the event. During Art in the Green general admission of $5 will be charged. The admission for this fundraising event of the Friends of The Domes includes entrance to The Domes and Art in the Green. For details, visit the Friends of The Domes website.
 
Winter Farmers Market
Through April 14, the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market will continue in the Annex on Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The Fondy Food Center manages the market and connects neighbors to fresh, local food by bringing together about 50 weekly vendors. Items available for purchase include high-quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry, and dairy products, along with locally produced baked goods, jams, cider, honey, maple syrup, sauces, and soups. The Veggie Valet, a coat check for purchases, is offered to market-goers so they can visit The Domes more easily. Admission to the market and parking are free. Regular admission applies to enter The Domes. For details, visit mcwfm.org.
 
For more information, call The Domes at 414-257-5611 or visit mitchellparkdomes.com.
 
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Shakespeare's language of flowers comes to life in the Spring Floral Show, “Shakespeare in Love” @ The Domes, March 31–May 28. MitchellParkDomes.com

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The language of flowers comes to life in the Spring Floral Show, "Shakespeare in Love," on view at The Domes, March 31-May 28.
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. . ."
Photo: Mark A. Garland, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
 "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows . . ."
Photo: Theodore S. Cochrane, hosted by the Wisconsin State Herbarium
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