Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pharmacy Preparations

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Interpretive Projects Coordinator
Patrick MacGregor, our Pharmacy Supervisor, is making indoor and outdoor preparations for the new season in Thrall’s Pharmacy. His most recent excitement was the arrival last week of his annual batch of leeches (stay tuned for a more in-depth post on the leeches). And now that the pharmacy garden has reappeared from under the snow banks, it is time to start prepping the garden for the growing season. The herbs in the pharmacy garden are almost all perennials, so Patrick won’t be planting much this year. He still has plenty of work to do, though! He’ll be raking the paths, resetting and repairing the brick edges, and labeling the herbs with signs around the garden. Patrick researched garden signs in the book Gardening for Ladies and Companion to the Flower Garden and used grant funding from the New York Council on the Humanities to create signs that look like they did in the 1840s.
left: From Gardening for Ladies and Companion to the Flower Garden, Mrs. Loudon, ed. Andrew Jackson Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1843).

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