We learn much about our present when we take time to explore the past.
Take, for example, my German heritage: Pioneer gardens were precisely laid out, measured and edged with lumber. Rows were perfectly straight. The materials were “whatever was available at no or low cost,” said Marcia Carmichael, historical gardens coordinator at Old World Wisconsin, a living museum of life in the 1800s.
Carmichael spoke at Garden Visions, a gardening seminar held in Wausau in January, sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers. She has researched the rich ethnic diversity of Wisconsin’s settlers and written “Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Early Settlers,” published by the Wisconsin State Historical Society.