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 2016

Plant Description
Bed
Ashley Cucumber
Slicing cucumber that is tolerant of heat and humidity
House
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
Sweet, tender, mild and flavorful that is slow to bolt
House
Butter Crunch Lettuce
Delicious, tender and firm, with no bitterness
House
Cherry Belle Radish
Traditional small, round red radish with traditional flavor
House
Danvers Half Long Carrot
Crisp, orange carrot with strong flavor
House
Detroit Dark Red Beets
Dutch heirloom, round, deep red, sweet and delicious
House
Early Texas Grano Onion
Released in 1944, parent of all modern super sweet onions
House
Evergreen Bunching Onion
Intense flavor
House
Fordhooks Giant Swiss Chard
Giant Swiss chard with huge, tender, mild leaves
House
Homemade Pickles Cucumber
Yields 5-6" cucumbers for picking, also harvested for baby pickles
House
Little Marvel Pea
All-purpose bush shelling pea, Good for fresh eating or freezing
House
Mississippi Sliver Pea
Also known as Brown Crowder Cowpea, earliest of the varieties House
Oregon Sugar Pod Pea
Wonderful bush snow pea, Large, flavorful, tender pea pods
House
Red Burgundy Onion
Mild, sweet flavor, with large red-skinned and red-fleshed bulbs
House
     
Flax Blue flowers, cultivated for its bast fiber and seed, Harvest in June
House-Walls
Mississippi Brown Cotton
Yields light tan to golden brown cotton, Harvest in September
House-Walls
Mississippi White Cotton
Matures to 4-5', Harvest in September
House-Walls
     
Spring Wheat
Harvested mid to late summer
Fort - Front
Seneca Corn
Indian Corn, beautiful colors that a mix of reds, purples, yellows
Fort - Back
Turkey Craw Bean
Multipurpose beans can be used snap or dry
Fort - Back
Black Beauty Zucchini
Flavorful dark green
Fort - Back
Charleston Wakefield Cabbage
Conical headed, has 4-6 lb. heads, more heat tolerant than most
Fort - Back

Herb Raised Beds 2016

Herb Description
Bed Location
Basil Genovese
Standard Italian culinary basil, great flavor
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
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
Stinging Nettle
Traditionally used in teas to treat cold symptoms
Fort

Fall Plantings 2016

Plant Description Bed Location
Georgia Southern Collard Greens
Loose cluster of blue-green leaves with cabbage-like flavor
House
Giant Southern Curled Mustard Green
Curled leaf variety with curly edges and strong mustard flavor
House
Late Flat Dutch Cabbage
German heirloom with a large, flat head
House
Long Island Improved Brussels
Popular variety, with tender, sweet and mild sprouts
House
Purple Top White Globe Turnip
Standard white turnip with purple shoulders, slightly sweet root
House
Waltham Broccoli
Produces compact central head and lots of side shoots
House