The Gardens at Old Salem

Greg in MikschThe Gardens at Old Salem showcase horticulture practices of the Moravians in Salem from 1769 to 1847, with each individual garden featuring elements and materials compatible to the date of interpretation of the lot.

Research-based garden restoration has been the foundation of the Horticulture Program since it was established in 1972, with the cultivation of open-pollinated heirlooms, seed saving, and sustainable practices as guiding principles.

Bounty from the gardens and orchards is used seasonally in Old Salem’s museum kitchens where delicious smells draw visitors to firesides and bake ovens to learn about early cooking in Salem.