CLARK—On Sunday, May 16, from noon- 4 p.m., the Dr. Robinson Museum will host a children’s herb planting workshop. Children will learn about herbs, their uses and how to plant and care for herbs. Each child will take home a small starter herb garden they create themselves.
The Herb Garden was an essential part to colonial households in the 1690s. Many early American settlers brought seeds and roots from their native country with them when they came to America. Every farm or plantation needed to be self-sufficient as there were no supermarkets to run to when they needed something.
Herbs were used for cooking, cleaning, dying wool, bug repellent, perfume, band-aids and medicine. In Dr. Robinson’s case, he would have had a greater variety since he depended on herbs for medicinal uses for his patients. Today, herbs are still used in many households; however, they are bought in supermarkets not grown in backyards.
There is no charge for this program so bring the kids out to make their own herb garden and continue a tradition that has been around for over 300 years. For more information visit drrobinsonmuseum.org or the museum at 593 Madison Hill Road, Clark.
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