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A Genealogist In The Archives: Our Ancestors and Their Gardens

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our Ancestors and Their Gardens

National Garden Clubs have proclaimed June 4-11 "National Garden Week".

As the Summer begins and gardens are being planted, have you thought about your ancestors and the gardens they planted?

Many of our ancestors were farmers and had fields and fields of crops. While some of us have ancestors that lived in the city and were lucky to have a potted plant.

Whatever our ancestors planted, harvested or just enjoyed, are we documenting it?

During this week, National Garden Week, why not take time to add to your genealogy the types of crops your ancestors raised, the different flowers that were in their home gardens and all the different kinds of vegetables and fruits they grew for the family table.

Maybe your ancestors planted "Victory Gardens" also called "War Gardens" during World War I or World War II. Victory Gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at homes and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. These gardens were used to relieve the strain on the public food supply. These gardens were also considered a morale booster for those on the home front, especially those that had family members off fighting the war.

My Mother grew up in Ohio and she often tells me about the cherry trees that her father, Forrest Cecil Bartram, grew in their yard. I have documented this fact in my genealogy research. This same Grandfather retired from Goodyear Tire after over 40 years of service and moved with his wife and my Grandmother, Ida Kathryn (Drummond) Bartram, to Cocoa Beach, Florida where they raised all kinds of fruit trees. This was the first time I had ever heard of and tasted a kumquat. For the record, I don't like kumquats! LOL!

So, during this week long National Garden Week, take time to document your ancestors gardens!



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  1. I actually plant certain flowers because my grandmother's planted them. And now I can't imagine my flower pots without them.

    1. Amberly, that is so sweet! It's awesome that you are keeping your Grandmother's memory alive! Thank You for reading my blog!