Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
An English Garden in the Wilderness
In 1836, American missionary Henry Spalding described the garden as "...about 5 acres laid out in good order, stored with almost every species of vegetables, fruits trees, and flowers." His observations of the region's farming potential, and those of other Americans, stimulated immigration from the eastern United States. In 1843 approximately 900 settlers made the journey to Fort Vancouver. By 1846 more than 8,000 settlers had arrived in the Oregon Country, leading to the end of HBC dominance.
The garden today is a small, interpretive representation of the larger historic garden. A dedicated cadre of volunteers and staff plant heirloom fruits and vegetable, herbs, and flowers to give a feeling of the abundance that was once here. Just as in the 1840s, the plants in today's garden provide produce for the fort's kitchen
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 45° 37.434′ N, 122° 39.726′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on East 5th Street near Fort Vancouver Way, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 East 5th Street, Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Fort Vancouver (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vancouver Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Mission (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941) (approx. ¼ mile away); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sutler's Store (approx. ¼ mile away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.