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Highlights: History in Bloom at Strawbery Banke Museum

Highlights: History in Bloom at Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH
September 16 and 17, 10 am-5 pm

Recently voted among the "Top 10 Favorite Public Gardens" in a readers' survey by People, Places & Plants, Strawbery Banke Museum will host its annual History in Bloom festival with talks, tastes, and tours that celebrate four centuries of garden history in New England. Participating gardening experts include Paul Tukey of People, Places & Plants, and Judith Sumner, author of American Household Botany. Other activities include a treasure hunt, child-focused garden activities with Fairy House series author Tracy Kane; tales from Marge Bruchac, an Abenaki herbalist and storyteller; and workshops on flower arranging, composting, orcharding, and food preservation. In addition, food historian Deb Friedman will demonstrate historic cooking, and representatives of the "Slow Food" movement will offer food demonstrations and information on this growing popular movement.

History in Bloom also showcases the museum's historic houses with period flower arrangements. Its garden exhibits include a seventeenth-century raised bed kitchen garden, an eighteenth-century teaching herb garden, an 1908 Colonial Revival garden, and a 1940s Victory garden.

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