In­n­is­fail His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

Step back in time to the 1930s and be­fore in this his­tor­i­cal vil­lage which is made up of 18 build­ings. The site is fur­nished to in­ter­pret lo­cal his­tory through the build­ings, historic gar­dens and a large dis­play of farm ma­chin­ery.

The Board­walk Her­itage Gar­den, lo­cated in front of the Board­walk Build­ing con­tain plants with a lo­cal his­tory while others were in­cluded or do­nated as they were typ­i­cal of plants grown in these early years of Al­berta’s set­tle­ment. Some of these plants in­clude clarkia, nas­tur­tiums, marigolds, and pop­pies (Ice­landic - Pa­paver nudi­caule, Opium - Pa­paver som­niferum, and Ori­en­tal - Pa­paver ori­en­tale) and pan­sies (Johnny jump up - Vi­ola tri­color). Many set­tlers grew the opium pop­pies for their seeds which were pro­duced in abun­dance and are ex­cel­lent for use in cook­ing. Other plants you can find their gar­dens in­clude: monks­hood (Aconi­tum napel­lus), spurge (Eu­pho­ria poly­chroma) which orig­i­nated from eastern Europe, snow in sum­mer (Cerastium to­men­to­sum) an­other plant that orig­i­nated in Europe, lung­wort (Pul­monaria spp.), flash­ing light (Dianthus del­toides), as­para­gus (As­para­gus of­fic­i­nalis. Lil­i­aceae) a hardy peren­nial veg­etable that was com­mon in many early gar­dens, daylily (He­me­ro­cal­lis spp), clus­tered bellflower (Cam­pan­ula glom­er­ata), and peony (Paeo­nia spp.). Pe­onies are longlived peren­ni­als that are still found at many aban­doned homestead sites.

A de­tail of the pa­tio gar­den.

In­n­is­fail’s his­tor­i­cal school­house.

The pa­tio gar­den

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