“Secret” Herb Garden Revealed

February 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm 1 comment

Did you know Maymont has an Herb Garden? If not, you’re not alone. The garden had become an unintentional secret at the estate, due in large part to the giant boxwood bushes hiding it from view. The boxwood surrounding the garden was removed last week, with support from Maymont’s Horticulture Advisory Committee. The goal of the project is to heighten awareness of the garden, making it easier for Maymont’s guests to discover and enjoy.

The original half-century-old English boxwood, Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’, grew remarkably well, and despite our best pruning efforts, it became so large, it obscured the garden. The huge evergreen bushes also became a site for insects to overwinter, thus posing a seasonal challenge of insect infestations. The old plants will be replaced with a boxwood cultivar that will not grow as large. During removal, we discovered a course of brick around the perimeter of the garden that defined the boxwood border, so we will take the time to reveal this edging by re-grading the area. The soil in the boxwood bed will be amended with compost, and the pH will be adjusted to 6.8 for optimum boxwood growing conditions prior to the replanting.

Maymont’s Herb Garden was a gift from the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs in 1957. Designed by Kenneth Higgins, it has a traditional circular design with a border defined by boxwood.  Today, it displays herbs for culinary, medicinal and potpourri uses. Herbs are organically grown so guests may touch, smell and taste. The garden is also the centerpiece of Maymont’s annual Herbs Galore & More festival and sale in April. It is located beside the original Stone Barn and is most convenient to the Hampton Street entrance.

The Herb Garden has been cared for by the Old Dominion Herb Society since 1978. They meet the first Saturday of the month, except in the summer. The group works in the garden prior to each meeting and luncheon. To join the ODHS, contact Maymont Director of Horticulture, Peggy Singlemann at 804-358-7166, ext 326 or psinglemann@maymont.org.

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  • 1. jeanette blaylock  |  March 9, 2013 at 1:05 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it ! I was there Thursday, and it was like the curtains have been opened up!

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