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Old Sturbridge Village, Garden Weekends

July 13 - July 14

Garden Weekends return to Old Sturbridge Village this July! Each weekend will be filled with hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and tours of OSV’s heirloom gardens. Visit the gardens and chat with our expert horticulturalists to learn about a few of the 400(+) heirloom varieties cultivated at the museum. Saturdays will be dedicated to all things kitchen garden, and Sundays will center on topics related to ornamentals, herbs, and native species. Learn about the 19th-century perspectives on gardening and ways to implement techniques of the past at home. July 13th and 14th we will host Judith Sumner, botanist and award-winning author of American Household Botany: A history of Useful plants, 1620-1900 and The Natural History of Medicinal Plants for two special lectures.

Special Guest lectures:

Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am: Ecology for Gardeners with Judith Sumner

Sunday, July 14 at 11:00 am: Garden Herbs; Their Cultivation, Cookery, Cures and Caveats with Judith Sumner

Talks offered throughout both weekends by OSV horticulturalists:

  • Vegetable Seed Saving
  • Garden Tools of the Past
  • IPM: tips and techniques for utilizing Integrated Pest Management in your garden
  • Growing your soil: 19th-century techniques to improve soil health
  • Preparing a bed for planting
  • Cooking Up Compost at Home, with Christie Higginbottom
  • Tips from the Past for the Modern Kitchen Gardener with Christie Higginbottom
  • Ornamental Seed Saving
  • Ten Great Herbs for the Home Garden and How to Grow and Use Them with Christie Higginbottom
  • Edible Flowers
  • Remedies and Herbal Gifts
  • Wild Edible Plants
  • Dye Plants
  • Small Fruits and Berries
  • Hops


July 13
July 14


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830