THE WALSH HOUSE TEACHING GARDEN
The Walsh Garden represents the plant selections common to New England in the 1700s when gardening began to satisfy needs for leisure as well as for food. This new pastime helped introduce ornamental elements such as the Federal-style grape arbor and bench, complemented with "collectible" ornamental plants.
Often brought back to America from mercantile sailing voyages, including those made by Captain Keyran Walsh who built the adjacent house, plants included the China rose, lilac (the first lilacs in the country were introduced nearby in Portsmouth at the home of Royal Governor Benning Wentworth), currants, peony, iris, and daylilies. Native plants such as Oswego tea and Joe Pye weed accented the exotic.
This garden is dedicated to the memory of Sally Childs who helped to plant the seeds of the garden program at Strawbery Banke Museum.
Downloadable Garden Map (PDF)
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
2021 Historic House Season
Daily through Sunday, October 17, 2021,
10 AM-5 PM.
Explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.
Vintage & Vine Online Auction
Now through Sunday, October 10, 2021
Browse, Bid, and Buy popular and exclusive items in the 2021 Vintage & Vine Online Silent Auction. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a headstart on the holidays, there is something for everyone.
Ghosts on the Banke - A Family-Friendly Halloween Event
BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT!
Trick-or-treat safely outdoors from house to historic house with Jack-o'-lanterns lighting the way of Portsmouth's oldest waterfront neighborhood. COVID-19 precautions followed.
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 AM-6 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum hosts the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Storytelling Festival. This year's festival is held online via Zoom and is dedicated in memory of Wolf Song, a well-respected and much loved Vermont Abenaki traditional storyteller. Free to attend. Suggested donation of $10. Preregistration required.
Historical Fiction Writing Virtual Homeschool Program
Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 2021, 9-10 AM
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Working with a professional author, students hone their writing skills, use real historical primary and secondary sources, and develop their imaginations.