The Greening of Bard

Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act II, Scene I)

In 2013 Bard committed to a multi-year program to revitalize and invigorate our beautiful home in Vanier Park through the Greening of Bard.  This initiative calls on all areas of the Festival to examine our environmental practices and to work towards a brighter, greener future for Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare festival.  With help from our expert community partner, Recycling Alternative, Bard is dedicated to highlighting and preserving the natural beauty of our waterside location for years to come.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain barrels

An outdoor festival presents its own unique opportunities.  In spite of what you might expect, Vancouver’s frequent rains (for the rain it raineth every day!) provide a great benefit for Bard on the Beach. The Festival has a series of rain barrels set up around the perimeter of the Mainstage tent to catch and collect rainwater runoff.  We use that water to replenish our plants when the rains themselves are insufficient or to clean up little spills around the Bard Village.  Look for our green rain barrels next time you visit us to see a performance!

These are flowers of middle summer

The Bard Village is a great spot to meet friends and family before a show and to mingle with fellow Shakespeare lovers during the intermission. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine, reaching for another bit of Bard Mix popcorn or showing off a recent purchase from the Bard Boutique, make sure you make time to take in the beautiful flower boxes and baskets arranged around the Village. Our sponsor partners Jordan and Robin (former owners of KJM Country Gardens) have designed and constructed all of the flower plantings you will see on-site this summer. They have also trained a group of green-thumbed Bard Volunteers to help maintain the look of the Village. Bard’s Green Team is headed by Jennifer Gaze, wife of our Artistic Director Christopher Gaze! 

And we will nothing waste

In 2015, Bard on the Beach continues to work closely with Recycling Alternative to improve our on-site waste handling.  Drawing on Recycling Alternative’s 20 years of experience in waste diversion, Bard has implemented improved recycling and compost receptacles across our site.  We’ve also developed a better method for tracking and increasing our waste diversion, which includes an evaluation of our product suppliers.  As the Greening of Bard progresses, we hope to minimize our waste output by providing only recyclable and compostable materials from our concessions. We’re proud to say that the boxes and contents of Emelle’s Picnics (available for pre-order before any show and available for pick-up in the Bard Village one hour prior to show time) are certified compostable!

Read the article The Greening of Bard on the Beach in the Vancouver Sun [August, 2013]

Bard Village plantings generously designed by Jordan McDonald and Robin Braun, formerly of KJM Gardens.