An Earth Day Reincarnat​ion: Grandpa Walton's Shakespear​ean Herb Garden

Grillo Services,Inc. Donates Organic Soil for Earth Day Project

Online PR News – 23-April-2012 – STRATFORD, CT. – Grandpa Walton, actor Will Geer, blacklisted as a communist during the McCarthy era, found refuge in Nichols CT. He lived there for many years. He was a lead actor with the American Festival Theatre Company. What many people don't know is Mr. Geer was a skilled gardener who grew and maintained an herb garden containing the most exquisite rare varieties of aromatic herbs. The garden's historic significance? It is mentioned once, twice, thrice in numerous Shakespeare plays.

Armed with rakes, shovels, and the like, dedicated volunteers recently began the task of recreating the original herb garden, where overgrowth, stumps and roots took over for so long. Friday, April 20th was the kick-off of the garden’s renovation, and Grillo Services in Milford, CT, avid supporters of the theater, donated and delivered a load of lush organic soil to jump start the project for Earth Day.

The collaboration between Grillo Services, theatre volunteers, The UConn School of Agriculture and theater neighbors, was headed up by 3rd District Town Councilman, Matt Catalano, who is well known for his advocacy of the Theatre's restoration. The garden’s close proximity to the Elm Street entrance will provide strolling and biking residents of Stratford a feast for both the eyes and nose. Friday’s activities were complete with a backdrop of Shakespearean costumes and memorabilia on display, the big red Grillo Services truck, and a sign bearing the original garden design. Anyone interested in volunteering can inquire at asftcommunity at G Mail.