Gardens

At Historic Mansker's Station, gardens are planted on the grounds of the Bowen House, as well as Mansker's Fort.  The gardens are used to educate visitors about plants and herbs and the ways that they were used in the 18th century. 

Spring Plantings 2017

Plant Description
Bed
Carrot - Scarlet Nantes
Dependable, sweet flavor and bright orange coloring
House
Kale - Dwarf Blue Curled
Parsley like leaves that are never bitter and very desirable as greens for garnishing
House
Lettuce - Romaine
Tender leaf, great for salads
House
Lettuce - Grand Rapids
Large, frilly, bright green leaves are tender and sweet
House
Swiss Chard - Large Ribbed Dark Green
Mild flavored as spinach and withstands heat better than most other greens
House
Onion - Evergreen Bunching
Crispness and mild flavor makes it delicious as an appetizer or relish
House
Beets - Detroit Dark Red
Dark red and globe like shape root have crisp, sweet, tender flesh
House
Radish - Early Scarlet Globe
A very early variety with bright red skin and white flesh, crispy and delicious and great in salads
House
Radish - Sparkler
Crispy, white flesh with excellent flavor.  High in Vitamin C.
House
Radish - French Breakfast
Beautiful color, crisp roots have more of the lively, old world radish flavor than traditional red radishes.
House
Tobacco
Will be planted mid to late May
Fort
Seneca Corn
Beautiful kernel colors are a mix of reds, purples, yellows, some striated.  Ears are 6"-10" long.  Used for corn meal.  Will be planted mid to late May. Fort
White and Brown Cotton
Mansker's Station own seed.  Cotton will be planted in late May.
House

Herb Raised Beds 2017

Herb Description
Bed Location
Basil Genovese
Standard Italian culinary basil, great flavor
Fort
Basil
Sweet Fort
Black-eyed Susan
Beautiful yellow flowers with black centers add cheer to the summer
Fort
Calendula-Orange King
Beautiful daisy like orange flowers, can be used medicinally
Fort
Cilantro Longstanding Fort
Dukat Dill
Delicate, feathery leaves, dill is used to flavor pickles, fish, and more
Fort
Great Burdock
Renowned for its medicinal properties, one of foremost detoxifying herbs
Fort
Green Purslane
Low crawling plant produces tender stems and juicy leaves
Fort
Mr. Majestic French Marigold
Yellow-orange flowers with deep red stripes
Fort
Mullein Striking yellow flower stalks with wooly grey-green leaves
Fort
Oregano Purple flowers and spade-shaped olive green leaves
Fort
Parsley Italian Flat Leaf
Fort
Parsley Moss Curled
Fort
Plantain Legendary medicinal herb; used for centuries
Fort
Stinging Nettle
Traditionally used in teas to treat cold symptoms
Fort