A perfect complement to Woodbury’s Heritage House is the garden just outside the front door. This was part of the European tradition the settlers brought with them. Much of Woodbury’s history revolved around gardening and work on the land. The early apple orchards, truck farms, grain crops, family vegetable plots, and the flowers were, and are, very important to the human spirit.
The Heritage Garden has several themes, the local heirloom plants, the vegetable garden, the trees and the butterfly garden. Vital to our garden is our commitment to the use of natural methods both for growing and for reducing plant pests, avoiding chemicals as much as possible.
We realized that it was important to preserve the garden plants which grew on our early farms. We asked members and friends to donate a plant slip or a plant that had been grown for years on their land. Many people have been excited to share their plants which were traditions in early gardens, making our garden a living museum of Woodbury’s past.
In our efforts to return to an 1870s era with our garden, we have planted heirloom seeds that represent many of the crops that would have been grown by Woodbury’s earliest settlers. Sunflowers, corn, barley, potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins and cucumbers are some of the recent garden crops.
Since Woodbury farms had so many fruit and shade trees in the early years, we have planted examples of some of the traditional favorites. Many of these trees were purchased as memorial gifts to the society. We are grateful for these thoughtful, living memorials.
Our butterfly garden, dedicated in 2008 to Bernice Bielenberg, is planted with native flowers which attract butterflies.
Our garden is maintained by volunteers and we are almost always looking for more! Please contact our office if you or your group would like to help. Many hands make light work.