President Lincoln’s Heirloom Garden
I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Presidents Day than with a Presidential Garden. Although there are many large, well known presidential gardens I wanted to pay homage to Lincoln. Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois has a small but fantastic kitchen garden that was recreated to help educate visitors on his home life.
According to the National Park Service the garden was established to honor the Lincoln Bicentennial.
The Heirloom Garden, they explain, is “a 19th century kitchen garden featuring a variety of plants that were available in the mid-19th century most of which Abraham Lincoln would have recognized and also dined upon,” they continue. It is even complete with the working garden shed which features many of the garden tools of the time.
The garden features tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zinneas, corn and salsify, among others. Salsify, a popular European plant in Lincoln’s time, has a taste hinted with Oyster. I have got to try this!
Of course, the garden has a small area devoted to herbs including Rosemary.
Lincoln and his wife, Mary, lived in the home for seventeen years. It wasn’t until 1972, however, that his home finally became a National Historic Site.
The National Park Service states:
“The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, located at 426 South Seventh Street, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except January 1st, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th.”
For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm
Happy Presidents Day everyone!
Britt : )
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