Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Historic Flowerpots - For the Garden Geek!

Husband and I went to Old Sturbridge Village recently. If you are a bit of a garden geek, they have a nice little exhibit going on right now though December called - Taking Root: The Growing Business of Gardening in the 1800s.

The new wealth of a young nation fueled a gardening obsession in early 19th century New England. There was a growing demand for plants, greenhouses, gardening tools, gardening catalogs, and flowerpots. Who knew?!

The exhibit includes a selection of New England made redware flowerpots, much like you can see being made in the village itself.

An assortment of handtools which are not largely different from what we use now. OK, those hand shears kind of scare me - we saw a village interpreter shearing a sheep with something very similar!

There are also some novelty pots. Don't you love the hedgehog crocus forcing pots?! Wish they had those in the gift shop. Will have to Google them. :-)


I adore this print of a sweet little outfit to garden in! Gardening for pleasure was definitely for the leisure set.

Check this out if you're going to Sturbridge Village, and FYI there are discount admission coupons available at MassVacation!
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