"Roses" made from autumn leaves, a Victorian garden craft.
HORTICULTURE LEARNING CENTER Opening May 2019
Strawbery Banke Museum’s Horticulture Learning Center in the restored Cotton Tenant House is designed as a teaching space for the Historic Landscape Department. Complementing the Traditional Crafts Center in the adjacent house and bordering the Ethnobotanical Herb Garden (created in 2013), the Center’s programs preserve and interpret heirloom plants and gardens, teach hands-on garden crafts, and archive on-line learning opportunities utilizing the museum’s garden-related historical collections.
Gardens and nature have inspired a wide variety of crafts and activities throughout history. Some crafts are meant to make essential garden work more fun, others can be used to create beautiful ornaments and gifts, and all stimulate dialogue and creativity. The Horticulture Learning Center gives visitors the opportunity to learn how these activities fit the stories of Strawbery Banke.
Flower drying and wreath-making
Making dried leaf "roses"