A Colonial Revival Flower Garden will be the topic of Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture series scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library.
The speakers will be General Henry Knox Museum member Barbara McNulty and trustee Judy Brogden, part of a team that spent countless hours this past summer and fall preparing and planting a Colonial Revival garden beside Cole House, the Museum’s administration building.
Colonial Revival gardens are based as much on beauty as on historical accuracy. First popular in the 1880’s, Colonial Revival gardens featured simple rectangular beds, straight paths, and heirloom plants instead of hothouse hybrids; and were often enclosed by low walls, picket fences, or hedges. Vegetables and herbs were sometimes incorporated as a nod to early American practicality. By the time the popularity of Colonial Revival gardens had peaked in the 1920’s, the use of arbors and sundials and flowering plants had added such a pronounced layer of romance and nostalgia to the mix, that the Colonial Revival style of garden design became as much a product of a roaring twenties aesthetic, as of the Victorian era.
Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Winter Horticulture Series continues through February 23, 2016. It is free and open to the public.