Stroll Through History

Historical Society's Public Garden

Photo by Annette Hunt

Historical Society’s Public Garden Full of 19th Century Plants

Did you ever want to return to the “olden days”? Feel as though you are stepping back in time when you enjoy a stroll through the New Bern Historical Society’s 19th century inspired garden. The New Bern Historical Society’s garden is full of “antique” specimens including beautiful roses, Duffy Mounds, and money plants.

The garden was begun in 2007 as a project to preserve some of the wonderful plantings that 19th century New Bernians cultivated. Landscape architect Jack Draft and horticulturist Rebecca Lucas drew up the plans. According to Annette Hunt, the garden committee chair, the first actual “stirring the dirt” came in 2008 with the hardscaping, followed by plantings. Over the course of the last six years the garden has grown into a beautiful oasis. Throughout this time it has been tended by an energetic and loyal group headed by Mrs. Hunt. If you love to work in a garden, the New Bern Historical Society is always looking for more volunteer gardeners.

The garden is open for the public to enjoy.  You’ll find it behind the Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street. It can also be accessed from the driveway of the Aerie Bed & Breakfast Annex at 512 Pollock Street.  The New Bern Historical Society encourages you to take time out of your hectic modern life and stroll through the past.  For more information, call the Historical Society at 252-639-8558.

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society

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