It is the end of summer and the eight plots in the historic garden of the Reverend House Museum are growing in the early 1800s with a variety of flowers, summer vegetables and other crops.
Using organic methods, the gardener produced many of the same fruits and vegetables, asparagus, pumpkins, beans, and tomatoes, as well as high-yielding crops such as corn and tobacco, which the Calvart family grew for their own benefit.
Plants such as echinacea also grow on the spot, as well as black-eyed squirrels and a variety of sunflowers. In the garden, a garden features cucumber pearls, cherry blossoms, and daisies.
In Riverside history, the garden played an important role in the property. Thousands of tulips and critics were planted during the construction of Henry Stear’s original owner, Henry Steer. Letters from Riceell Star Calver, the owner of Riversdale, repeatedly mention the garden and its plans for her.
A long list of slaves and free laborers is kept in the garden. One of them was Adam Francis Plemmer, a slave farmer and horticulturist who had lived in Revasdale for decades. He was allowed to own his own garden in Riverside and, after the Civil War, grew roses on his property, which he called Mount Rose.
Today, the garden is preserved by a group of volunteers from Prince George’s County Gardeners, who work with the museum’s professional gardener, and has a blog with photos of the garden.
At 4811 Riverdale Rd. Located, the gardens are open to visit and are open daily from morning till night.
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