Nelson’s Colonial-Style Kitchen Garden

Our Colonial Kitchen Garden behind the libraryTo celebrate Nelson’s 250th anniversary in 2017 the Agricultural Commission designed and planted a typical New England colonial kitchen dooryard garden surrounding our town library.

In 17th Century New England, colonists from England built raised, rectangular gardens just outside the home. Intensely cultivated and narrow enough to be tended from either side, the beds were filled with plants used for medicine, food and seasoning. Each plant was valued for its usefulness, not its beauty. Brought by seed or sprout from the Old World, many flowers and herbs endure in the garden today, such as Nasturtium and Calendula.

Many of the plantings in our colonial gardens are the same as would have been planted here in Nelson centuries ago.
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You can visit this garden at any time – enjoy revisiting it throughout the changing seasons.

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