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Resources I Love: Old Sturbridge Village

Yesterday I took advantage of the sunny weather to head over to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to pick up some of their heirloom seeds for school.  I haven't visited in about a year or two and was thrilled to see the additions they've made.   The place was filled with hands-on exhibits for children with weaving, butter churning and wood stacking being just a few of the activities.

The gardening exhibit, "Taking Root: The Growing Business of Gardening in Pots in the Early 1800s" was super.  Guide books were on hand to help engage children in the exhibit and a "Taking Root" pamphlet was available for purchase.  With quotes and information taken from documents like The Green-house Companion (London 1825) and the Annual Catalogue of the Agricultural Warehouse and New England Seed Store (Boston 1836) I had to snap up a copy as a resource for the classroom.  (You can contact Christie Higginbottom at chigginbottom@osv.org to order a copy.)

If you'd like to order seeds, there is quite a collection.  I stuck to beans for my students.  Wren's Egg Pole Bean, Low's Champion Bush Bean and True Red Cranberry Bean will find their way into our school garden this year.

Unglazed plant pot

I could keep raving about the museum but I want to get back to planning our gardening lessons.  A quick heads up, the gardening exhibit won't be up much longer, so plan to make the trip soon.  And don't forget to pick up a redware plantpot.

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