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Heirloom garden in Rockville

July 24th, 2009 · Click to read comment · FYI

Two local field trips for fans of local food, from an article in the Gazette:

Michael Twitty started a 19th century heirloom garden at the Montgomery County Historical Society’s Beall-Dawson House in Rockville, by planting 61 different vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants. He chose varieties that would show how past generations were dependent on the seasons, weather and their own land for survival, before the advent of the railroad, interstate highways and agri-business. Today many commercial grocery store vegetables have been bred for their ability to transport, not for taste or health benefits.

Also mentioned in the article is the Agricultural History Farm Park’s demonstration garden in Derwood. Both gardens are designed to educate and offer inspiration, giving visitors a chance to see how a melon forms from a bud and a beneficial bug eats its prey and shouldn’t be mashed. And to the surprise of so many suburbanites, celery stalks stand upright in the soil and brussel sprouts grow on a stalk.

“From Spring to Snow,” a 19th century heirloom garden, is open daily through Nov. 8 at the Montgomery County Historical Society, Beall-Dawson House, 103 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville. Admission is free. Call 301-340-2825.

The Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens are located at the Agricultural Farm History Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood. Admission is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk daily for self-guided tours.

To schedule guided tours by a master gardener, March through October, call 301-590-9650 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 301-948-5053.

Read the full article online.

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  • 1 Leigh Partington // Jul 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I met Michael Twitty this past Spring. He gave a talk to our Spirituality group in Washington Grove about the spirituality of food and emphasized heirloom gardening and local produce. He sent me a copy of his book “Fighting Od Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Americans 1634-1864″ and some okra seeds that are now growing in my veggie garden!

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