20 04, 2021

A Greener, Quieter Approach To Grounds Maintenance


Down To Earth by Les Lutz Heritage Museums & Gardens is going green! Over the last year we have been studying all aspects of our operations to become more sustainable. One aspect of our operations that has been high on our list to examine is garden maintenance. I’ve [...]

A Greener, Quieter Approach To Grounds Maintenance2021-04-21T19:48:20-04:00
22 03, 2021

The Sandwich Enterprise: Deciduous Conifers – Not So ‘Ever’ Greens


Down To Earth by Les Lutz Trees that bear needles are usually evergreen, and most species are. But there are five genera that are needled conifers that are deciduous and drop their foliage each fall. Of these, four will thrive on the Cape and three are found at [...]

The Sandwich Enterprise: Deciduous Conifers – Not So ‘Ever’ Greens2021-04-02T15:50:27-04:00
4 02, 2021

American Elderberry


Our beautiful elderberry in the herb garden. Sambucus canadensis or American Elderberry is a shrub that can grow to 12 feet, flowering in the summer and producing an abundance of fruits in early fall. The shrub prefers sun to partial share, and moist soil; but are generally easy to [...]

American Elderberry2021-04-30T20:17:53-04:00
17 11, 2020

Highlighting Wampanoag History


Last week was Thanksgiving, which, for many Americans, conjures images of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and Pilgrim hats. For members of this continent’s many Indigenous tribes, it is an anniversary but not necessarily a happy one. Although the Pilgrims’ landing wasn’t the first time Europeans landed in North America, [...]

Highlighting Wampanoag History2021-04-02T14:42:30-04:00
12 10, 2020

Symbolism of Gravestones


Have you ever considered that graveyards are like outdoor museums? A walk through one will take you back in time and face to face with the people of the past. Cemeteries can reveal information about historic events, religions, lifestyles, and genealogy. The epitaphs tell us of lives cut short by [...]

Symbolism of Gravestones2021-04-02T14:42:31-04:00
29 09, 2020

Top Ten Toys Made in New England


Hi, I’m Amanda, Assistant Curator here at Heritage. I was the primary researcher for the Let’s Play! exhibition, now on view in the Special Exhibition Gallery. What a fun project this has been to work on! It has been a blast learning the curious histories of some of America’s best [...]

Top Ten Toys Made in New England2021-04-02T14:42:31-04:00
18 09, 2020

The Trouble with Tomatoes


Down To Earth by Les Lutz What a learning experience this summer has been. Along with many of my friends, I decided to grow vegetables this summer. The most rewarding, and the most challenging, have been the tomatoes. I’ve grown them before, but not in a very long [...]

The Trouble with Tomatoes2021-04-08T21:31:50-04:00
4 09, 2020

Vegetable Plants In Ornamental Gardens


Composition of the Garden: Line, Form, Texture, Color & Mass September 4, 2020 For some reason, vegetable plants have been relegated to the back of the garden. Many of us consider them to be the less attractive, and therefore they’re stuck in a separate area of the yard. [...]

Vegetable Plants In Ornamental Gardens2021-04-08T21:36:49-04:00
24 08, 2020

The Poor Man’s Porsche


On Saturday, September 12th, Heritage will host a Celebration of American Automobiles. This event will highlight some of the amazing, American-made automobiles from our collection, and also pay special tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvair, one of the most forward-looking vehicles of the early 1960s. [...]

The Poor Man’s Porsche2021-04-02T14:42:33-04:00
14 08, 2020

Time For Herbaceous Perennials to Shine


Down to Earth by Les Lutz August 14, 2020 Mid-August is when ornamental grasses and many herbaceous perennials begin to shine. Beginning in late July and continuing through the fall and into winter, many of these plants are in their peak bloom. But there are many other plants [...]

Time For Herbaceous Perennials to Shine2021-04-07T08:45:31-04:00
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