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Garden Profile: North Carolina's Historic Bethabara Park

America’s Oldest Physic Garden



An eighteenth-century community kitchen garden re-created at Bethabara demonstrates how culinary herbs such as sweet basil were interspersed among the vegetables.
Rosemary, basil, and lavender are among the vigorous plants in this family garden in historic Old Salem Village.
Comfrey thrives in Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just as it did 235 years ago when it was first planted by Moravian settlers.
Photography by Lee Anne White
This is based on Dr. Schubert’s medicinal garden plan, patterned after European physic gardens. His original design has guided modern restoration efforts. The plant list, keyed to the beds in the illustration, is at right.
A white picket fence seems the perfect backdrop for a flourishing rosemary bush in Old Salem.

















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