“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bourbonnais in Kankakee County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Jardin aux Potages

<i>Jardin aux Potages</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 10, 2017
1. Jardin aux Potages Marker
Inscription. Many of the nineteenth-century French-Canadian settlers of Bourbonnais Grove planted the Jardin aux Potages (literaly translated from French to English as “Garden of the Kitchen”). Altough local history does not indicate the exact shape or plan of Mrs. Elodie (Langlois) Letourneau’s Jardin aux Potages, she would have valued the accessibility of such a garden just beyond her back step. Regardless of whether Mrs. Letourneau’s Jardin aux Potages was formal or informal, she, as a French-Canadian, would have valued integrated plantings for use and for pleasure. The Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society has chosen a formal design for the Kitchen Garden. The plants are easily accessed and feature complimentary colors, textures, and bloom times. The purpose of the five Knock Out roses planted between the already established four white oak trees just east of the Kitchen Garden is to attract attention (from businesses on Main Street) to the rear of the Letourneau Home where the culinary herb garden is located.
Erected 2009 by Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society.
Location. 41° 9.474′ N, 87° 53.197′ W. Marker is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Marker can be reached from Straford
Kitchen Garden and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 10, 2017
2. Kitchen Garden and Marker
Drive East just west of Main Street NW (Illinois Route 102), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. It is at the Bourbonnais Grove Letourneau Home Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 698 Stratford Dr E, Bourbonnais IL 60914, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to the Memory (within shouting distance of this marker); Bourbonnais Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); The Durham-Perry Family Legacy (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Durham-Perry Farmstead Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Durham-Perry Farmstead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rockville Illinois (approx. 6.1 miles away); McHie Ferry (approx. 7 miles away).
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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