Garden tours draw crowds

The Hermann Garden Club and Deutschheim State Historic Site drew large crowds this weekend for the traditional early June garden tour.

The garden tour is held the first weekend in June to give visitors an opportunity to learn firsthand about the gardening techniques and practices of Missouri’s German settlers.

Just as 19th century German immigrants would have done, the four-square garden on the Deutschheim grounds is planted with heirloom varieties and incorporates flowers among the vegetables for both beauty and practicality. Visitors strolled through the site's gardens and received complimentary mint plants.

A traditional German four-square gemusegarten is planted with heirloom vegetable varieties, as it would have appeared back in the 19th century. There is also a Krautergarten, and visitors had the opportunity to inspect a small 1880s half-timber barn containing historic tools and farm equipment. There was even a small crop of hops on the grounds to explore.

Visitors also received a copy of "Nineteenth Century German Gardening Practices" by Dr. Erin McCawley Renn, who was site administrator from 1984 to 1999.

Five local gardens and the Hermannplatz were included with the weekend tours.