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Appendix B: Garden Designs

The Prentis Gardens

What would the kitchen garden of Joseph Prentis have looked like? Can you predict where he would have planted his plants and in which of his three garden locations? Well, your job is to do just that! Joseph Prentis not only had a reasonably large garden at the rear of his home, but also one on each side of his home.


Using the data from your Data Summary Sheet, decide within your group the best garden location(s) to place the plants you have chosen in the two-month time period. The garden locations would include the large garden, the east garden and the west garden. Consider factors of shade cast by the house, the direction of the sun, and the compass point of each garden. Your group will write in the names of the plants in their respective garden locations. Think about using posterboard or even a flat double bed sheet in designing the garden. During your group's report explain which garden received more plants and why this particular location was chosen more often.

A small kitchen garden yielding
four plots for herbs or plants

After your group has decided what plants to locate in each bed, you must now decide on the design for your gardens. By using rulers or metersticks, your team will draw a selection of geometric designs and place them in particular locations in the gardens. Remember that the number of plants selected should correspond to the number of designs that your team incorporated into your garden design. Keep in mind that "squares" and "borders" were quite common.


Once your team completes the design of its gardens, you will use the Data Summary Sheets to assist in placing plant data in an appropriate garden design location. This data may include the following information: plant name, sowing date, harvest date, amount of sunlight, moisture, etc.

Data from the Monthly Kalendar & Garden book places this plant in a left hand border of the large garden