Tales of old gardens

Entrance to the Aldrich Garden in Strawberry Banke, a historical neighborhood and museum in Portsmouth, N.H. ,featuring 37 restored buildings erected between the 17th and early 19th centuries.    — Photo by Sseacord

Entrance to the Aldrich Garden in Strawberry Banke, a historical neighborhood and museum in Portsmouth, N.H. ,featuring 37 restored buildings erected between the 17th and early 19th centuries.

— Photo by Sseacord

“We should have scant notion of the gardens of these New England colonists in the seventeenth century were it not for a cheerful traveler named John Josselyn, a man of everyday tastes and much inquisitiveness, and the pleasing literary style which comes from directness, and an absence of self-consciousness.’’

— Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911), historian and author