History Blooms in Clear Spring

History Blooms in Clear Spring

The historic and lovingly restored 1831 brick residence just outside Clear Spring known as Plumb Grove is the property and the pride and joy of the Clear Spring District Historical Association. The dedicated gardeners not only plant, cultivate and harvest a vegetable and fruit garden in front of the home, they also have planted an array of heritage roses around the estate in the past few years.
Some of the seeds are from Monticello and some have been traded with others who also save seeds. Rhubarb and asparagus are grown in the garden, as well as elderberries, currants, moon and stars watermelons, arugula, a variety of herbs, scarlet runner beans and a French lettuce collection. There also are heirloom tomatoes in the garden.
Mary "Peachie" Haines specializes in the roses. A longtime gardener, Haines always had planted hybrid tea roses. Through her reading and her association with the Rev. Doug Seidel, who has given rose presentations at Williamsburg and Monticello, Haines has become a heritage rose buff. There are about 35 varieties of heritage roses at Plumb Grove, and more and more people are saving cuttings for the estate.

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