Stone-Otis Garden Tour and Open House Rain or Shine on Thursday

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Aug 292018

A photo from August 2017

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, August 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Since the last tour, the gardens have filled out and become even more colorful and beautiful.

 Maryellen Holden has been working tirelessly maintaining the flower gardens, and her expertise really shows.
The herb garden behind the Victorian Era home includes 26 different varieties of fragrant and useful plants. Garden Club members will be available to answer all of your questions.
See the current Orange Life Magazine (you know you have it in your home somewhere) 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