Learn About Colonial Herbs & Plant a Three Sisters Garden June 13 at 1 p.m.

Learn about herbs used in the Colonial period and plant a “Three Sisters” Native American garden with horticulturist Sonny Gada on Sun., June 13 at 1 p.m. at the Caleb Nickerson Homestead.

In Colonial days, fragrant herbs were often planted near the doorway in the dooryard garden to greet visitors to the home. Sonny’s dooryard garden emphasizes herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender, parsley and sage. Herbs were used for both medicinal purposes and to flavor cooking. Yarrow was used as a dye. Herbs will be available for sale. 

Sonny will also plant a Native American “Three Sisters” garden. The “inseparable sisters” are corn, beans and squash. These three crops have been planted together for centuries as they complement one another in the garden as well as on the table.

Sonny, who lives in Chatham, has been a floral designer and horticulturist for 50 years. His floral arrangements have been featured in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts annual event “Art in Bloom.” He has also created his own local C3TV show “Sonny’s Floral Show” for many years. A teacher and lecturer, Sonny brings a unique approach to floral arranging, approaching it as an art, and using all of nature as his palette.

The event is a part of the Caleb Nickerson Homestead’s Hands-On-History program during Chatham History Weekend. The homestead is located at 1107 Orleans Road, North Chatham and is open during the weekend for self-guided tours. The herb event will be held outdoors. Please bring a sunhat. In the event of rain, check our website for updates at nickersonassoc.com.