The Wentz Farmstead kitchen garden is shown in full bloom.

WORCESTER PA – Volunteers who cultivate and maintain the kitchen garden at Montgomery County’s historic Peter Wentz Farmstead will give visitors there on Sept. 11 (2010; Saturday) a tour that features the fragrance of growing herbs, the sight of fresh vegetables, and the scents of ornamental flowers.

The program runs from 1-3 p.m. at the farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA. A donation of $2 per person is suggested.

The Wentz Weeders, a group of eight volunteers, work year-round conducting research and finding suppliers of appropriate varieties of heirloom plants in order to maintain the authenticity of the garden, museum educator Kimberly Boice said. Their outside work begins in the spring with planting, weeding, and harvesting, and continues as the seasons progress.

“Our raised, four-bed garden is a wonderful example of the type of kitchen gardens found on early Pennsylvania German farms,” added site administrator Dianne Cram. The Weeders’ tour offers insight into some of their findings, she said, including where to buy historic species of plants, and particular gardening methods that work for them.

For more information, call the farmstead at 610-584-5104.

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