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Garden within a garden: One section of the herb
garden is the Knot Garden, so named for its pattern of evergreen shrubs.
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National Herb Garden Celebrates 25th
Anniversary By Alfredo Flores May 20, 2005
The National Herb
Garden in Washington, D.C., the largest designed herb garden in North
America, is kicking off a six-month celebration of its 25th anniversary. The
herb garden is located at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA),
operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
The celebration will include a series of special events, lectures and
demonstrations planned to help visitors understand the central role that herbs
have played in societies for many centuries. On May 21, the arboretum will
present "The Making of a Garden," expected to draw interest from backyard and
professional herb growers and others who love the sights and smells of plants
like rosemary, lavender, scented geraniums and salvia. On June 18, the Potomac
and Philadelphia units of the Herb
Society of America (HSA) will demonstrate the making of herbal crafts. On
September 17, the North Carolina unit will demonstrate its members' work with
herbal liqueurs and vinegar.
Chrissy Moore (green jacket) and volunteer Nancy Johnson spruce up the entrance
to the National Herb Garden. Click the image for more information about
Dedicated in May 1980, the garden began as a special gift to the
people of the United States from the HSA. The 2.5-acre garden, planned by
landscape architect Tom Wirth, includes hundreds of annual, perennial and woody
herbal plants. Interpretive signs help visitors understand the collection in
the context of the herbs' history and use.
An integral part of the arboretum, the herb garden is tended by the
USNA's Gardens Unit, led by garden curator and horticulturist
Adams. Each year, the unit's staff grows about 400 varieties of annuals,
including 60 to 90 varieties of peppers, and they maintain nearly 75 containers
of tender trees and shrubs indoors during winter.
Information about the anniversary celebration and USNA events, as well
a newly released virtual tour of the garden, can be found on the arboretum's
web site at:
information about the garden is also available in the May 2005 issue of
Agricultural Research magazine.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.