Wilton Historical Society Celebrates Rejuvenated 1740 Colonial Herb Garden

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The Wilton Historical Society is celebrating a new colonial herb garden located at the Betts-Sturgis-Blackmar House by holding a wine and cheese party in the garden on Thursday, July 17 from 4-7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
The Wilton Historical Society is celebrating a new colonial herb garden located at the Betts-Sturgis-Blackmar House by holding a wine and cheese party in the garden on Thursday, July 17 from 4-7 p.m. All are invited to attend. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Historical Society is celebrating a new colonial herb garden at the Betts-Sturgis-Blackmar House by holding a wine and cheese party in the garden on Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

The herb garden is divided into sections for dyeing, potpourri, culinary and medicinal herbs. Master Gardeners from the Fairfield County Agricultural Extension Center, with help from Master Gardener interns, have updated the garden to make it historically accurate to 1740.

The group has been working on the garden for three growing seasons.

Master Gardener and Coordinator Jackie Algon came up with the idea to renovate the garden and use the project for Master Gardener interns.

Project leaders who worked on the garden were Master Gardeners Tom McGregor, Esther Johnston, Diana Abshire, Rosemary Volpe and Jackie Algon.

The group researched what plants and herbs would have likely grown in the garden in the 1740s, removed non-historical species and replanted new types of herbs. They also created a guide to the garden.

To become a volunteer to maintain the colonial herb garden, contact the Wilton Historical Society at 203-762-7657 or visit the website.

The the Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Road.

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