Begin your history lesson on Winston-Salem’s horticulture with a tour through Historic Bethabara Park and enter into the days of the 18th century North Carolina backcountry. The park dates back to 1753 when the Moravians first settled the area. Dig in to more than two centuries of gardening traditions with a stroll through Hortus Medicus (reconstructed), the country's oldest known medical garden, and the 1759 Community Garden. The Community Garden is the only known, well-documented colonial Community garden in the U.S.
Head over to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, one of America's most well-documented historic attractions. Old Salem offers visitors an up-close look at 18th and 19th century Moravian traditions. Discover the Single Brothers and Miksch heirloom gardens and “dig up” ingredients that are often times plucked and freshly prepared at the nearby Tavern in Old Salem. Now an award-winning restoration garden, the Single Brothers’ Garden is the largest interpreted garden in Old Salem. If you’d like to tour the historic buildings and learn from costumed interpreters, visit the Old Salem Visitor Center for admission ticket options.
Continue your journey on to Reynolda Gardens, located just 10 minutes from Old Salem. Planted in the early 20th century, the Reynolda Gardens are the by-product of Katharine Reynolds’ vision and progressive thinking. Mrs. Reynolds, wife to tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds, firmly promoted healthy eating and cooking habits and wanted her gardens to be a beautiful gift to the community and the workers on her country estate. A step into the 1913 greenhouse opens the door to a wonderland of vividly colored plant life. Reynolda Gardens is also a part of the NC birding trail making it an ideal spot for bird watching. Located along the Reynolda Mile, it is also a prime location for fall leaf peeping. Each fall Reynolda Mile is covered in a boldly colored canopy of maples, brought by Mrs. Reynolds. Walk over and take a self-guided tour of Katharine’s former home, now Reynolda House Museum of American Art. (Ticket required for Reynolda House)
Nestled 15 minutes east of Winston-Salem, Paul J. Ceiner Botantical Gardens(PJCBG) is the newest of the gardens in our area. Featuring 15 separate gardens and continuing to grow (literally and figuratively), PJCBG is home to a Kitchen Garden that is planted based upon traditional Moravian methods and their Pattern Garden. Call and ask about their gardening workshops with special guest speakers. Stop into the gift shop where you’ll find locally crafted birdhouses and seasonal plants for you to take back home.
Tanglewood Park's arboretum and gardens offers the herb, friendship, fragrance and shade gardens. The gardens will eventually include Japanese, winter effects, ability and children's gardens. The award-winning Rose Garden showcases more than 800 different roses including 400 American Rose Society winners.
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