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The Kitchen Garden: Tips from the Past for Modern Gardeners

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The kitchen garden played a vital role in the diet and landscape of 1800s New England households. This PowerPoint-illustrated lecture explores traditional garden plans and cultivation practices featuring the historic vegetables, fruits, and herbs favored by our ancestors. Christie Higginbottom will highlight garden practices valuable for today’s family kitchen garden such as inter-planting and succession planting, using garden frames, and creating homemade tools.

Christie Higginbottom is a researcher and garden consultant who has worked at Old Sturbridge Village since 1981. She coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the re-created kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. She also supervised the Village’s Herb Garden collection exhibiting over 300 varieties of historic herbs. As research historian for horticulture and landscape, she developed a series of self-guided walking trails interpreting people and the environment in the early 1800s. Now retired from full-time work at OSV, she continues to work in costume part-time – most often in the gardens, and to present garden programs for the Village.

Christie writes and consults on historic gardens, heirloom plants, and herb use; and she lectures at museums, garden clubs, historical societies, colleges and libraries. She teaches home gardening classes at the Adult Education program at Bay Path Regional Vocational High School, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association.


Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA United States
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