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.

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden © NPS

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

According to the National Park Service the garden was established to honor the Lincoln Bicentennial.

Garden shed behind the historic Dean House.  Photo courtesy (NPS) National Park Service

Garden shed behind the historic Dean House. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

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.

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden.  Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

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!

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

Lincoln's Heirloom Garden. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

Of course, the garden has a small area devoted to herbs including Rosemary.

Lincoln's Home. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

Lincoln's Home. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

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.

Lincoln's Home. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

Lincoln's Home. Photo courtesy NPS (National Park Service)

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!

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. The Topiary Park where Art meets Garden
  2. Part I: The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral
  3. Celebrate a Symphony of Spring at this weekend’s Maryland Home & Garden Show!
  4. The Portland Japanese Garden: Where nature and ambiance meet
  5. Here at Missouri Botanical Garden beauty doesn’t fall away just because the snow has fallen

Tags:

 
 
 

0 Comments

 

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

 

Leave a Comment

 




XHTML: You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>