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Historical gardens

  • Subject: [cg] Historical gardens
  • From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 10:56:39 -0800 (PST)

Oh, yes indeedy, Pete, there's no shortage of
historical gardening out there. It's actually quite a
lot of fun, and can pull you right on in. I did an
1840s flower and veggie garden this year for a
reconstructed plantation in one of our local parks. My
best sources have been original garden books, which I
think may be true for you, too (sounds like yours may
be late 1800s/Victorian?). Bookstores in the UK,
especially, still have the old garden books around
used, for about $20 if you look around.

For 1700s veggies, I especially like Colonial
Williamsburg's studies.

Old cookbooks are very good sources, too.

You should be able to find all kinds of resources up
in Minneapolis, jeez!

My key suggestion, based on my experience this past
year, is to keep an open mind, and find like-minded
folks who are 'serious' without being deadly. Don't
become the garden equivalent of a 'Contradance Nazi'.

Good read - Jenny Uglow's _A Little History of British
Gardening_. Helps put any historical gardening
projects in a broader perspective.

Good luck! Oh, and next stop for you will be the
heirloom seed movement and saving seed. That's also
way cool.

Don B/Charlotte NC

> <peat@pipapeat.com>
> To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 13:56:56 -0600
> Subject: [cg] Planning in Minneapolis/ Historic
> Gardens
> Hello All!
>     I am new to the Community Garden List. I am
> looking to rally more of my
> neighbors to our garden, it has been working so far!
> I had a question for
> community gardeners in historic neighborhoods. I
> live in the Nicollet Island
> neighborhood of Minneapolis Minnesota. It is a
> Victorian era neighborhood
> that was restored in the 1970s-1980s. Here are 2
> websites our neighborhoods
> site, www.nicolletisland.org
> <http://www.nicolletisland.org/> ,   and
> www.nicolletisland.com
> <http://www.nicolletisland.com/> , a commercial real
> estate site with some nice photos.
>  I was wondering if other folks in historic areas
> had to use special or more
> historic materials in their garden sites, for
> example our homes MUST have
> wooden cedar shingles rather than modern ones. Has
> anyone encountered such a
> thing with their community gardening? I can imagine
> that we may need picket
> or iron fencing for our gardens.
> I was hoping to play of this historic angle for the
> garden too. I am looking
> for a resource of what was in vogue, plant wise, in
> the Victorian era. I
> hope to encourage our gardeners to cultivate
> heritage and heirloom varieties
> in our vegetable beds.  Is their a resource such as
> that anywhere on the web
> dealing with historic gardening?
>         It is a pleasure to be a part of The World
> Wide Community Garden at
> last!
>                Thanks again!
>                     Peter J. Willc|tt

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