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The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Early American Women and Their Kitchen Gardens

Sunday, July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as garden historian Lesley Parness takes us back to the Colonial era to introduce the original ‘Real Housewives’!

Kitchen gardens in the 1700’s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families.  The 18th century “huswife” skill set included physicke, cookery,  distillation, perfumery, the making of wool, hemp, flax, dayries, brewing, baking,” and, of course – gardening.  Growing plants both Native American and from their homelands, these women turned their soup pots into the “melting pot” that is America.

Advanced registration is required for this program. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link a day or two before the program.

Speaker Lesley Parness
Connecting people and plants, with science and story


Lesley Parness has worked in public gardens here in America and abroad for the past four decades.  She is a founding member and past President of Garden State Gardens, a consortium of NJ Public Gardens.  She writes a column for Gardener News Magazine, is the consulting horticulturist at Jersey City’s Berry Lane Park and is a Founding Member of the Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May for which she is designing a Medicinal Plants garden.  She is a frequent speaker at Garden Clubs, Historical Societies, and Libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic region.


Sunday, July 12
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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