4. Heirloom Gardens

The house is surrounded by several herb and vegetable gardens. These gardens represent the many different types of plants used at the Alden site over the past 400 years. 

Several of the species growing here are known for their medicinal qualities. Bee Balm was used as an antiseptic and to treat colds and tooth infections. Solomon’s Seal, yarrow, and sage helped reduce bleeding and pain. Lavender was used to relieve headaches and burns, as well as repel moths and lice from clothing. 

Other plants have more culinary uses. For example, bronze fennel provided a licorice-like flavor to dishes, while semi-dwarf pear trees and rhubarb lent sweetness to pies and tarts. 

To continue your tour, follow the larger garden around the kitchen ell to the small yard space and well.