Edible Garden Tour: The Gardens

The purpose of the Edible Garden Tour is to connect gardeners with ideas for sustaining ourselves and our families by growing fresh food and learning about green practices in good community.  Gardens on this tour were chosen to demonstrate creativity, practically, community, integration and of course – edibles!

Locations of gardens are being withheld to protect the privacy of the garden owners. The tour begins at Strawbery Banke Museum where you can redeem advanced tickets or purchase tickets on site (cash or check only) to receive your tour booklet with addresses, detailed descriptions, facilities offered at each garden and a map. We encourage you to please use the restrooms at Strawbery Banke Museum, if needed.

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The new ethnobotanical herb garden at Strawbery Banke Museum

A huge thank-you to Piscataqua Garden Club members who were invaluable in helping us find and select these gardens! The beautiful pictures below, many photographed by Beth Hume of New Castle, are designed to give you just a taste of each garden’s offerings. Read on to find out a bit more about what you will see on August 11th!

VictoryGarden_SBMGarden 1.  Strawbery Banke Museum. (multiple)

All of Strawbery Banke Museum’s wonderful gardens will be available for viewing as part of the Edible Garden Tour:

  • Native heirloom three sisters plantings
  • Sherburne family17th century kitchen garden
  • NH Heritage orchards
  • 1919 garden of the Ukrainian Jewish immigrant Shapiro family
  • 1940’s era Victory garden of the Pecunies family
  • 21st century community gardens
  • Children’s garden with master gardener led programs
  • The newly redesigned ethnobotanical herb garden

SBM and Slow Food will be distributing packets of Heirloom seeds all day. At 1:00 pm, John Forti, Curator of Historic Landscapes, will present a garden history talk focusing on the edible heirloom heritage of the site including the varieties of fruits, nuts, herbs and vegetables know to have been cultivated in the region.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 2. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

    • Herbs mixed with perennials and annuals
    • Converted wood pallets turned into kitchen herb gardens
    • A Living Wreath
    • Raised beds

Herb Society Members will be helping visitors make their own herb soup wreaths, sachets and edible tussie mussies to take home. Herbal treats and beverages will be available using many of the herbs from the garden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 3. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

  • Bee hive
  • Compost bins, rain barrels
  • Raised Beds
  • Backyard family garden with pumpkin, squash, greens and many herbs
  • Raspberries and grapes from New York, Blackberries, Cherry trees, Blueberries
  • Beautiful wooded area with view North Mill Pond tributary
  • Vintage 2-bench Arbor

A self-guided Story Walk (a series of posted pages from a story book) of “From Seed to Pumpkin” will be displayed. Lavender Lemonade will be served.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 4. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

    • Hoop house
    • Veggie garden and small fruits
    • Garden structures from recycled materials
    • Photovoltaics and solar hot water
    • Permaculture features including rainwater collectors

This garden will feature a demonstration of techniques for fermenting vegetables. Raw veggies from the garden will be sampled.

Garden 5. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

      • A very small urban lot used fully – no grass, only vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, perennial plantings, and flower gardens.
      • Hoop house
      • Compost bins
      • Front yard herb spiral
      • Fruit trees/fruiting vines/Blueberry bushes/raspberry bushes grape arbor
      • Second floor deck garden with mushroom incubator bed and shitake mushroom log plugs

The homemade adobe oven will be fired up to share flat breads with spreads made from our produce such as homemade kefir cheeses or pesto. Comfrey tea will be served and comfrey roots available for the taking.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 6. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will seean Urban Farm in Action:

      • heritage breed chickens
      • small outdoor greenhouse for seed starting and season extension
      • indoor greenhouse for food production during the winter and seed starting
      • 3 bin compost system
      • intensive raised bed vegetable gardening
      • fruit bushes as foundation landscaping
      • rain water collection system
      • Permaculture practices
      • extensive use of container gardening including use of potato bags, pallet gardens and galvanized stock tanks

Tomatoes, blueberries, other vegetables in season will be available  for sampling and the farm stand will be open!

Garden7-2Garden 7. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

      • Garden Sculpture
      • Edible landscaping included with ornamentals
      • Edible Flowers
      • Trellis and garden art
      • Attractive clothes line design

Samplings of raw foods will be offered along with recipes to try at home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 8. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

      • a school garden designed and planted by children and volunteers
      • hoop house
      • raised beds that have squash, herbs, potatoes, lettuce and kale growing

This garden features Kids crafts and school garden fun.

Garden 9. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

      • Vegetable and herb production
      • Berry production.
      • Mounded bed – style design
      • Fenced in area to keep out the neighboring dogs cats and other animals
      • Cooperation of different property owners to facilitate community benefit

Learn about the process taking this piece of land from abandonment to production through a photo essay created by the gardeners.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 10. Portsmouth

At this Garden you will see:

        • Heritage breed chickens
        • Solar Greenhouse with cistern
        • Formal English style garden
        • 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes

See how vegetables can be attractive in their own right by you mixing colors, textures and heights creatively. A beautifully designed garden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 11. New Castle

At this Garden you will see:

        • Kitchen garden in raised beds
        • Herbs, vegetables, and berries.
        • Kid friendly plantings

Iced Tea will be served

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 12. New Castle

At this Garden you will see:

        • Children’s garden
        • Bamboo Pea and Bean Trellises hand made by school children
        • Hand made vegetable signs on cedar shingles
        • Photos of garden evolution

Children will be sharing stories of planting seeds inside and transplanting outside and their plan for bringing vegetables to market to Flatbread Pizza. Maple Sweetened Lemonade will be served.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden 13. New Castle

At this Garden you will see:

        • Chickens
        • Compost bins
        • Backyard family garden
        • companion planting
        • Raised beds
        • Fruits and vegetables

This garden will feature different types of trellises for use with climbing plants.Fresh veggies from the garden will be available for sampling.

Have we convinced you yet? You really don’t want to miss this fantastic day!

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