Open Garden Days: Colonial Herb Garden at the Historic Conference House
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
This event repeats every weekday between 7/31/2018 and 11/30/2018.
The Staten Island Herb Society maintains the Colonial Herb Garden adjacent to the historic Conference House. We are committed to preserving and retaining an authentic representation of herbs that might have been used by Native Americans of the eastern United States, and herbs commonly used in Colonial America.
The Colonial Herb Garden consists of varying-shaped beds laid out in a symmetrical plan.The garden is surrounded by a gated fence and has several benches to allow visitors to sit and enjoy the visual and scented pleasures of this diverse and comprehensive Colonial garden.
The various beds and a few of the plants that inhabit them include:
CULINARY I - Bay, Rosemary, Oregano, Horseradish, Chives, Thyme, Parsley, Sage, Basil
CULINARY II - Lavender, Caraway, Lemon Verbena, Mints, Calendula
DRYING - Statice, Anise Hyssop, Spiderwort, Sweet Woodruff
DYE - False Blue Indigo, Parsley, Woodruff, Fennel, Southernwood
HEALING - Strawberries, Rose, Dill, Arugula, Hydrangea, Joe Pye Wee, Comfrey, Lettuces
MOONLIGHT - Lungwort, SilverKing Artemesia, Dwarf Comfrey, Orris Root, Sage
ORNAMENTAL I - Poppy, Yarrow, Kerria, Peony, Tansy
ORNAMENTAL II - Mallow, Wormwood, Dame's Rocket, Feverfew, Catmint
SCENTED - Bee Balm, Scented Geraniums, Pineapple Sage
SIMPLES/HOUSEHOLD I - Coltsfoot, Mullein, Boneset, Solomon's Seal
SIMPLES/HOUSEHOLD II - Evening Primrose, Forget-me-nots, Lamb's ears, Valerian, Lady's Mantle
WOODLAND - Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Coltsfoot, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trillium, Wild Ginger, Hellebore, Goldenseal, Mayapple, Hepatica