The 2011 garden is well underway with items such as Stinging Nettle, Digitalis, Horsetail, Mullein, Aloe and Lemon Balm in the Medicinal garden. The seasoning garden is filled with chives, sage, thyme, dill, basil, mint, and cilantro among others. The flowers this year should be a gorgeous collection of iris, lilies, marigolds, calendulas, aster, daisies, dianthus, and sunflowers. The food garden has the old standbys of beans, carrots, parsnips, radishes, onions, leeks, beets and garlic.
Many of our visitors will be surprised to discover that some of the most basic garden plants found in the gardens of Arkansas will not be found in the one at the castle. Can you imagine a garden with no tomatoes, squash or peppers? No corn or potatoes? Surprising to most people, all of those vegetables were “New World” plants that Europe had never seen until the 15th or 16th centuries. In fact, the potato is native to Peru and did not make it to France until 1600! Just imagine if the potato had made it to France a few hundred years earlier, the serving serfs might have said “would you like fries with that pheasant, m’lord?”. Somehow it just doesn’t seem to fit does it?