The Front Dooryard garden in Lewes

The front garden design in our Lewes garden is based on an Early American Colonial dooryard garden. It is not an replica but is an interpretation of an early dooryard garden. These were created in the front of the house, a location with warm southern sun, a place to grow herbs that were essential to every day living. These plants need to be close by for ease of harvest since a household would use them for medicine, flavor, dye, fiber, fragrance and more.


This garden is filled with herbs, native, pollinator,  and fragrant plants, herbs to be harvested to used in my still for creating hydrosols, also called flower waters. A simple cedar fence was put up around the garden as would have been done in a Colonial garden. The outer curving pathways are done with crushed shell, typical in a 1700’s garden by the sea.