Planting the Honesdale Demonstration Garden

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The Humanitarian Demonstration Garden, also known as the Herb Garden, is back in full swing. A brief tour in the fall introduced the garden in its resting state. Now the garden is awake and abuzz with activity! From the moment the spring rains ended, garden staff have been hard at work cleaning up winter debris, building up beds, tending seedlings, and revitalizing perennials.

First things first! A new 10 ft. fence will keep deer and rabbits from helping themselves to the plants.

Freshly tilled beds provide a blank slate for creative gardening.

Perennials, like the echinacea shown on the right, are rapidly growing, despite some winter nibbling by deer (before the new fence went up!).

Flower, vegetable and herb seedlings were brought out to the garden from the greenhouse in late May. Seedlings started inside should be allowed to acclimatize to the outdoor environment for 7 to 10 days before transplanting to reduce stress on the plants.

Gardeners Melissa and Amanda are happy to be getting the first seedlings into the ground. This artemisia will flourish into a richly scented herb used in treating malaria and intestinal parasites.

While most of the plants grown in the garden started out in the greenhouse, some are direct seeded, like this Indian corn.

An unusual visitor! This snapping turtle was attracted by the smell of sprinkler water.

While the labor is tiring and the sun hot, there is no work so rewarding as cultivating the earth! At least that’s what gardener Julie says.

Visitors to the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA are invited to tour the garden and get a feel for the work being done in the community centers around the world, and to meet the medicinal plants that star in their favorite Total Health herbal products!

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