Two Historic Gardens: Club Gifts to Our City
The Garden of Serenity sits quietly on a small plot of ground just west of the Bethlehem Public Library. This authentic Japanese garden consists of a tea house and a hill-and-pond garden. A dedicated committee of the Bethlehem Garden Club has cared for this garden for many years, and since 1999 has helped in its renovation. The committee tends the garden weekly during the gardening season at the convenience of the volunteers.
The Millers House Garden blooms with antique roses, culinary and medicinal herbs, old-fashioned flowers and heirloom fruits and vegetables appropriate to 1870. Based on a Germanic four-square design, this award-winning period garden was researched, designed, planted and is continually maintained by Bethlehem Garden Club members. The site is located in the Colonial Industrial Quarter, near Monocacy Creek and the old Luckenbach grist mill and was dedicated in 1989.
Millers House Garden News: 2016 Season
As another gardening season draws to a close, the Miller’s House Garden Committee continues to be a very enthusiastic, energetic, hard-working and dedicated group of volunteers. Thank you to the 17 members who continue to make this garden such a lovely gift to our community.
Our gardening season begins in April with a planning meeting where we discuss the Bed Assignments and plan any changes we would like to make. In May, we take our annual trip to an area nursery to purchase plants both for the Miller’s House Garden and for our own gardens, as well. We meet every Thursday morning, April through October, doing spring clean-up, planting, pruning, weeding, weeding, and – weeding some more and we finish the season with a garden clean-up in the fall. In August, we have our annual ‘Potluck Picnic’. Our members are not only great gardeners but also great cooks. It’s nice to be able to take the time to just sit, relax and talk!
The garden is always open to the public. There are printed copies of our Garden Brochure/Plant list available to garden visitors in our ‘Mailbox’.
If you have any questions about the Miller’s House Garden or would like to join our group of volunteers, please contact us at bethlehemgardenclub.org .