Belle Grove's Teaching Garden
Designed and donated by The Garden Club of Virginia, Belle Grove’s is meant to demonstrate the garden that stretched across the entire lawn behind the Manor House (see photo at right). We call it a “Teaching Garden” because it provides an opportunity to learn about the cultivation and care of plants used in the early 19th century by the Hite family and their enslaved workers. There are three beds of herbs, one each of culinary, medicinal and aromatic; a bed of plants used in textile production including flax used for making linen and dye plants; a bed of berries; a bed of cutting flowers popular during the period. Hewes crabapple trees (also called Virginia crabapple) line the north and west sides of the garden and additional herbs and flowers are grown along the border. The entrance fence and finials are based on those found in an 1837 drawing of Belle Grove.
Belle Grove’s garden is lovingly maintained by a small staff and dedicated volunteers with guidance from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association's annual GardenFest on the first Saturday in June is held at Belle Grove and features educational activities, displays, and the Master Gardener plant sale and vendors where you can find many of the plants that are grown in the Belle Grove garden. For more information about the Garden, to become a garden volunteer, or to designate a donation to support Belle Grove’s Teaching Garden, please contact our staff.
Thank you to the Apple Valley Garden Club in Winchester for their financial support of the Garden for the 2019 season!
Bed A: Fruit
Bed B: Textile and Dye Plants
Baptisia (Wild Indigo)
Egyptian Walking Onions
Bed C: Culinary Herbs
Bed D: Cutting Flowers
This bed is planted with a variety of seasonal annuals and perennials that could be used for bouquets and are also attractive to pollinators such as
Bed E: Medicinal Herbs
Bed F: Aromatic Herbs
Artemisia “Silver King”
To view the index of plants in the garden, please click here