VIRTUAL - The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Early American Women and Their Kitchen Gardens
Join us as garden historian Lesley Parness takes us back to the Colonial era to introduce the original ‘Real Housewives’, in this engaging presentation via Zoom.
Kitchen gardens in the 1700’s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families. The 18th century “huswife” skill set included “physicke, cookery, distillation, perfumery, the making of wool, hemp, flax, dayries, brewing, baking,” and, of course – gardening. Growing plants both Native American and from their homelands, these women turned their soup pots into the “melting pot” that is America.
Lesley Parness has worked in public gardens here in America and abroad for the past four decades. She is a founding member and past President of Garden State Gardens, a consortium of NJ Public Gardens. She writes a column for Gardener News Magazine, is the consulting horticulturist at Jersey City’s Berry Lane Park and is a Founding Member of the Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May for which she is designing a Medicinal Plants garden. She is a frequent speaker at Garden Clubs, Historical Societies, and Libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
The program is open to all but registration is required. . Registered participants will be emailed the Zoom link a day before the program.
- Tuesday, August 18, 2020
- 11:00am - 12:00pm
- Livingston - Program Room
- Livingston Public Library