On Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m., join the Scotch Plains Public Library staff as garden historian Lesley Parness takes us back to the Colonial Era to introduce the original ‘Real Housewives!’

Kitchen gardens in the 1700s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families.  The 18th century “huswife” skill set included “physicke, cookery, distillation, perfumery, the making of wool, hemp, flax, dayries, brewing, baking,” and, of course – gardening.  Growing plants (both Native American and from their homelands), these women turned their soup pots into the “melting pot” that is America.

Lesley Parness has worked in public gardens in America and abroad for the past four decades.  She is a founding member and past President of Garden State Gardens, a consortium of NJ Public Gardens.  She writes a column for Gardener News Magazine, is the consulting horticulturist at Jersey City’s Berry Lane Park and is a Founding Member of the Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May for which she is designing a Medicinal Plants garden.  She is a frequent speaker at Garden Clubs, Historical Societies, and Libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic region

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Advanced registration is required for this online program. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link via email a day or two in advance. The registration form can be found here, while information about the entire summer reading program can be found at www.scotlib.org

The Scotch Plains Public Library is grateful to the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library for their generous support of the entire summer reading program