Gardens the topic of Hebron Historical Society meeting

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., May. 18, 2011
Cynthia Dias will present a program on 'Early New England Gardens' for the Hebron Historical Society at its May 26 meeting. Contributed photos. - Contributed Photo

With the weather warming and flowers beginning to bloom, the members of the Hebron Historical Society will be turning to the topic of gardens for their May 26 meeting.

Cynthia Dias' program on “Early New England Gardens” looks at the gardens of New England by tracing the roots of the early settlers back to the landscape of England. "Cynthia was a guest speaker for the Lebanon Historical Society in the past and was very well received," said Louise Casarella, program chair of the Hebron Historical Society. "We felt she would bring energy to our meeting at an important time of year, when people are working on their gardens or planning new gardens based on our colonial roots."

Dias is director of the Willard House and Clock Museum. She is a former director of the Jonathan Trumbull Junior House Museum, curator of the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, and has also worked at Higgins Armory Museum and Slater Mill. She was employed for 20 years at Old Sturbridge Village, where she worked in the gardens. In addition to working in the museum field, Dias offers lectures on "John Trumbull, Patriot of the American Revolution,” "English Gardens,” and “Willard Clockmakers.” A hand weaver and watercolor artist, Dias owns and operates her home business, Dovecote Studio, in Woodstock.

"Examining the walled kitchen gardens of Europe, we may see the influences in the historically-recreated gardens of living history museums, such as Plimoth Plantation and Sturbridge Village," said a Society press release. "Examples of vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants will be discussed for those interested in creating their own heirloom garden."

"Cynthia's program is especially timely, with Hebron in full bloom and so many plant and flower sales going on," said Society President Donna McCalla. "Gardens can be a reflection of both our heritage and our souls, so they are important throughout New England, but especially in Hebron."

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron’s Old Town Hall.  Old Town Hall is located just east of the intersection of Routes 66 and 85, adjacent to the Douglas Library. If necessary, overflow parking is available across the street behind Century 21. The public is invited to attend this free event, although donations are accepted to support  educational efforts. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Program Chair Louise Casarella at 860-643-9288.

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