Spring is a great time for planting, both food and flowers. With people spending more time than ever at home, Pandemic Gardens are popping up everywhere. Tending to plants and watching them grow is not only a family-friendly hobby that produces food and beauty, it is also good for the soul. Spring in the Low Country was also prime time for planting rice in the 18th Century. Join historians as they delve into historic agricultural practices at Middleton Place during the 18th and early 19th Centuries, along with some practical tips for your own planting of shrubs and trees at home.
Tuesday – 11:00 am “Let’s Talk Tuesday”
Chat with Historians on a variety of topics surrounding Living History and beyond.
April 28 – Carolina Gold Rice: Part I
Join Director of Preservation and Interpretation Jeff Neale for a conversation at both the demonstration rice field, and the historic garden rice field for a program on planting, cultivating, and harvesting of rice. Jeff will also share some of the tools needed in rice cultivation efforts.
Wednesday – 11:00 am “On The Farm”
Each week during the “On The Farm” program you will learn all about Stableyard life, from heritage breeds to farming and more.
April 29 – Carolina Gold Rice: Part II
Join public historian Bob Sherman for rice planting in the small garden plot in the Stableyards next to the Anna Perry house. Bob will continue the conversation about rice planting, including how the work of enslaved people in the rice fields was similar to, and was different from, the cultivation of plants in the Big House’s kitchen garden, as well as their own crop gardens which were used for supplementing rations.
Thursday – 11:00 am “Hands-On History”
Do something together! Families or lifelong learners can follow along for at home with crafts, lessons, contests, home and garden projects, or cooking in the kitchen.
April 30 – Planting Ornamentals
Rejoin Sidney Frazier, Vice President of Horticulture, in the Gardens at Middleton Place to talk about some planting best-practices for the spring season. Sidney will show off the floral and ornamental side of spring planting, with tips and tricks from the Master Gardener that you can use in your own beds at home.
Friday – 5:00 pm “History Unplugged”
Programming on historic drinks and food, as well as social practices of the past.
May 1 – Cooking with Middleton Place: Carolina Gold Rice
Pour a glass of your favorite modern or historic beverage and join Jeff and Bob for an exciting Middleton Place cooking show! We’ll share the preparation of some historic recipes featuring rice and spring vegetables! You can find a copy of The Carolina Housewife in our museum shop, or at various online sellers.
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