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Come Out Today For The Stone Otis Herb Garden and House Tour

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Jun 212018
 

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a Summer Solstice tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens, in their early season glory. Then come back in the fall and tour it again to see how it’s changed.

See the current Orange Life Magazine for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.

 

Dozens Come Out To See A Lovely Garden

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Aug 252017
 

Since April, members of the Garden Club of Orange have been working tirelessly in the herb garden at the Stone-Otis House across from Town Hall.

Maryellen Holden redesigned, planted and maintained the gardens around the rest of the property, making it a butterfly paradise, full of color and a splendid variety of flowers of all shapes and sizes. When she first took over, she cut back the coveted hops plant that had been donated to the Historical Society by the folks at the Warde-Heitmann House in West Haven almost to the ground, much to the dismay of at least one society member who lamented that it had been killed. But now the hops plant is a perfect showpiece, covering the new well and getting a lot of attention from anyone who happens to see it.

The herb garden is so beautiful, now that it’s been brought back to its former magnificence from when the Orange Historical Society won the Federated Garden Club of CT award for the Best Herb Garden in the State.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, the Garden Club partnered with the Historical Society to host an open house/garden tour from 5 to 7 p.m. Well, “if you build it, they will come,” the event was well attended with a steady stream of visitors, both men and women strolling around, admiring this town treasure.

To demonstrate what anyone can do with herbs and plants from the garden, Rachel and Katherine Holden served up some very special lemonade, offering guests a choice of natural mint, lavender or basil flavoring to add to the lemonade.

Katherine explained that a homemade simple syrup was infused with the leaves from the plants and how just a tablespoon of the flavoring was needed per cup. Which one was most popular, you may ask? The lavender went over amazingly well.

In our previous story, we teased that there were many uses for herbs and other plants of which you may not be aware, but we didn’t share because that would have ruined the surprise for visitors at the open house.

Here is the list: (Some may surprise you)

 

Here is a diagram of the Herb Garden layout

 

Come To The Stone-Otis House Herb Garden and House Tour Today

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Aug 242017
 

Have you ever traveled a long distance to visit an incredible botanical garden? Well, this week you can stay right here in Orange and marvel in a magnificent display of color, delightful scents and spectacular beauty — and, it’s FREE!

More than a decade ago, the Orange Historical Society won the Federated Garden Club of CT award for the Best Herb Garden in the State at the historic Stone-Otis House across from the Town Hall.

The women of the Historical Society tried to keep up with the gardens, but with the work being done at the Nathan Bryan House and added hours at the Academy Museum, the landscaping at the 18th century home all but fell by the wayside. That’s when Maryellen Bespuda asked if the society would mind if the Garden Club of Orange lent a hand at bringing the gardens back to their former glory.

In April several garden club members began weeding out the dead and weak plants from the herb garden and replanted and redesigned it.

Maryellen Holden redesigned and planted the flowers that grace the new white picket fence that Mr. Ewen built and installed last year, the front and sides of the home and the far backyard areas too.

The well was rebuilt and is adorned with a lovely Hops plant, which was donated to the Orange Historical Society by the folks at the Warde-Heitmann House in West Haven.

With all that said, the Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society invite you to the Stone-Otis House Herb Garden and House Tour, this Thursday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. 

Do you know what flower you would use to relieve the pain from bee and wasp stings? What plants can you use for beverages? What flower can be used as an astringent? How well do you know which herbs to use for cooking certain dishes? You will find all of these answers at the Tour!

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens! Free Admission. You may park at the Library or at Town Hall. 

Bring your children and fall in love with this precious, beautifully preserved piece of town history again.

Oh, and bring your camera!