Does history interest you? Does 18th Century gardening interest you? Does learning about the medicinal uses of plants interest you? If the previous questions perked your interest, there is a new Master Gardener project. Washington Heritage Museums has invited MGACRA members to assist with the gardens at the rear of Hugh Mercer’s Apothecary Shop in down town Fredericksburg. The Garden is made up of five growing zones, containing such plants as echinacea, elecampane, mullein, violets, chickweed, purple deadnettle, ajuga, chickweed, and fennel. The majority of plants in garden have 18th Century medicinal properties. The goals of the project are the following:
Assist the current gardener with the maintenance and upkeep of the garden.
Teach the MG’s involved, 18th Century gardening techniques as well as the medicinal properties of the plants in the garden.
Lead garden tours for the public at various times during the year.
We meet at the garden twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 9:00 am. Bring your tools and water. If interested, contact Mike DiSalvo, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.