10 Results for tag "Gardens"
Luxury Vegetables of the 18th Century
How do you turn a tough bitter cooking green like endive, into a delicate and tender salad? Blanching! Covering an endive plant completely from sunlight stops the process of photosynthesis, and it will no longer produce dark green and bitter tasting chlorophyll in its leaves. The result is a sweet …
A Feast for the Senses
As we celebrate the beauty of gardening in during our Virtual Historic Garden Week, all manner of plant life is before us to enjoy. Not only is there a feast for our eyes, our sense of smell is also delighted by the likes of the Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa). Found in …
Planting with Hope
There is a lot of hard work that must take place to grow crops. The soil must be properly prepared and the seeds planted. This is straight forward stuff - diligent labor gets the work done. 18th-century planter Richard Corbin explained this in a letter to James Semple as “The …
Laying out the Garden
Evelyn’s sentiment evokes the same feelings in gardeners today, especially for this gardener. Time spent in the garden, even though it is labor, imparts a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind. Gardening is a healthful hobby for the whole family, provides fresh food for our table, and in uncertain …
Missing the Forest for the Trees
Guests at the Joinery love to ask how my coworkers and I became 18th-century woodworkers. It’s a fair question; our job is certainly unusual, and I would be lying if I said that my guidance counselor suggested “historic woodworking” to me as a career opportunity. I can’t speak for my …
DIY Spring Wreath
Here’s a little quarantine craft inspiration from the archives! Watch Amanda make a spring wreath on a grapevine base, using maidenhair fern, lotus pods, cotton, and assorted straw flowers. Then scavenge your craft supplies or backyard for similar supplies and show us what you make!
5 Truths About Tulips
Tulip season is a beautiful time in Colonial Williamsburg. But do you know the botany and history behind these spectacular blooms? Here are five things you may not know about tulips from the historic trades colonial gardeners.
Butterflies in the Colonial Garden
Flitting elegantly from flower to flower, butterflies of all sorts grace the Colonial Garden in spring. They provide a beautiful show of color for those visiting the gardens and are quite the inspiration for artists of all ages. Their flights from plant to plant provide a quiet but joyful pastime …
Poisons, Potions and Panaceas
As a volunteer costumed interpreter in the Pasteur-Galt Apothecary, I speak with many guests who want to discuss the plant-based remedies in the popular STARZ series “Outlander.” Claire Randall, a physician schooled in 1960s America, who time-travels to 18th-century Scotland and then to 18th-century North Carolina, utilizes multiple products that …
Tobacco: My View From Under the Sun
I remember the moment that the picture above was taken at Great Hopes Plantation over ten years ago. My head seemed a bit warm under my broad-brimmed straw hat on this fine clear day as sweat dripped off my nose onto the tobacco leaves, but I and my fellow historic …