Garden on the Triebel Lot
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
— 1766 —
This garden presents a design inspired by early kitchen garden at Bethabara, the first Moravian town in Wachovia. In 1759, Moravian surveyor Philip Christian Gottlieb Reuter recorded Der Up-Land Gartten, or the Upland Garden (see image below). The plan included a list of garden plantings and features, and the adjacent land use.
The half-acre garden was designed in a pattern made up of nine large "squares," or rectangle plots, divided by cross paths. Squares Nos. 1-7 and No. 8 grew seed that "was brought personally from Germany." Border beds had herbs and perennials such as asparagus and horseradish. The grape arbor "L" was adjacent to the summer house "M" which was surrounded by fragrant flowers and shrubs.
The diagonally arranged plant beds were unusual for vegetable gardens of the period and stimulate questions. Was the pattern utilitarian or purely ornamental? Did it improve drainage or help to maximize space? Archaeological investigation at Bethabara has confirmed the design.
Moravian garden plans and plant lists are among the earliest recorded in America. Hortus Medicus, or
Erected by Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Anthropology & Archaeology • Horticulture & Forestry • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1759.
Location. 36° 5.257′ N, 80° 14.554′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is on West Academy Street west of South Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 W Academy St, Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Street Grade (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemorating the Original Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Single Brothers' Diaconie (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salem Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Official 4th of July Celebration in the United States (about 400 feet away); Herbst Shop on Lot 33 (1829) (about 400 feet away); The Salem Campus (about 400 feet away); Home Moravian Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.