CCMGA partners with the Heritage Farmstead Museum
by Meg Belanger, Collin County Master Gardener and Heritage Farmstead Museum docent/volunteer
Surrounding the beautiful 1891 Farrell-Wilson Victorian farmstead is a late Victorian garden. Bringing this garden back to its original spirit is the collaborative goal of the CCMGA and the Plano Garden Club, while using Earth-Kind® principles to enhance the setting.
The garden had fallen into an overgrown state with many plants that would not have been used in a Victorian garden. Our first effort was to clean and ready the garden for the Heritage Farmstead’s 125th birthday, celebrated during FarmFest on October 15, 2016. Most of the front beds were weeded, cleaned and then composted and mulched. Shaping spirea, Chinese lingustrum, and privet bushes took a great deal of time, as did trimming the trellises and the plants encroaching on the picket fence. Thanks to Calloways, Lowes, and Christina’s, we had plenty of mums and pumpkins to lend autumn charm!
Gardening became very popular in late Victorian times due to the rise of the middle class which created more leisure time. Ideas were spread by popular ladies’ magazines, and certain characteristics arose. The Heritage Farmstead garden illustrates all eight of these features which include:
We have a garden plan to serve as a springboard for our future efforts, which will include tree removal, further composting and mulching, bulb planting for spring events, and collecting specimen plants to be included in the beds and borders. We’ve had a corps of volunteers from both organizations, but we can always use more help!
The Heritage Farmstead museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano, Texas. Please visit their website at: http://www.heritagefarmstead.org