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Picture Gallery: Historic gardens at the Weald and Downland Museum

Of herbs and ointments - Weald and Downland Museum gardeners Lynda Burlyn, Charlotte Holt and Jean Gaevel PPP-140607-171359006

Of herbs and ointments - Weald and Downland Museum gardeners Lynda Burlyn, Charlotte Holt and Jean Gaevel PPP-140607-171359006

VISITORS enjoyed a rare glimpse of historic gardens as they would have been in the early 16th century.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton has held a special weekend showcasing 
its six period gardens, illustrating the transition through to the late 19th century.

The gardens not only represent the period of each house, with different types of herbs, vegetables and plants, but also the social status of the householder.

Museum gardener Carlotta Holt spoke to visitors about the work they do in the gardens.

“Having the opportunity to share our knowledge and passion for the period gardens at this lovely time of year makes all our hard work worthwhile,” she said.

There were demonstrations in the market square of the medicinal uses of some of the plants and the museum’s herbarium – a collection of every species of plant dried, pressed and recorded – was on display in the museum’s gardens.

The museum’s Tudor kitchen was also in action, showing period cooking methods.

 

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