Korner’s Folly to hold Historical Herbs and Flowers program | Home & Garden

The other two components of the Historical Herbs and Flowers program are hands on, using the very same herbs and flowers that were commonly grown and utilized during the late 1800s. For these hands-on portions, staff from the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden (PJCBG) will take the lead.

Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Director of Curation and Mission Delivery will guide participants in creating a ‘tussie mussie’ out of fresh herbs and flowers. Josh Williams, PJCBG Garden Manager will speak on the uses of Victorian era herbs and help participants create a sachet of dried herbs.

Also known as a nosegay, a tussie-mussie was a floral arrangement commonly worn on the breast (or sometimes carried) during the Victorian era, to ward off the stench often found on city streets. It was a common thought of the time that disease was spread through bad smells — so having a herbal bouquet at quick reach was necessary to stay healthy.

In preparation for the workshop, the PJCBG has harvested and dried a selection of herbs. Their dried selections will include rosemary, fennel, horehound, wormwood, and feverfew.

“Currently we have herbs drying in our stairwell, tons of them,” Roethling said. “Not everything that we’ve dried is in the (PJCBG) herb garden, so we’re going to bring other samples of herbs.”

Participants will have a large selection of fresh herbs and flowers to chose from, too. A few include thyme, basil, button marigolds, Roman chamomile, yarrow and woad. Many of these fresh herbs will also be available in pots for purchase.

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