The herb garden adjacent to the museum building at Colonial Pemaquid is designed to show plants which 17th century settlers would have used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Because creating a sustainable life in a frontier outpost was a difficult and demanding task, little time, energy, or space was available for growing merely decorative flowers. Herbs, however, were important, since the household could use blossoms, stems, and roots for promotion of health and healing, for cooking, and for fragrance.

Plants growing in the Pemaquid garden, depending on seasonal conditions and availability, include Bee Balm, Betony (Lamb's Ear), Celandine (Herb Robert), Chamomile, Chives, Clove Pink, Crane's Bill, Day Lily, Dill, Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Johnny Jump Up, Lady's Mantle, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley, Sage, Savory , Tansy, Tarragon, Thyme, and Yarrow.

The herb garden was originally planted in 1990 next to the Fort House as the first educational project of the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid. It is maintained by FOCP volunteers.





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