Deutschheim State Historic Site Hosts Garden Tours
HERMANN - Garden tours give visitors a chance to experience 19th century gardening techniques, heirloom plants and their uses during the early Missouri settlement period. Deutschheim State Historic Site hosted free tours of the site's heirloom gardens today, sponsored by Missouri State Parks.
Deutschheim Historic Site Administrator Cindy Browne says she wants visitors to gain an appreciation for early German immigrants and how it affects people today.
"Many people that come here don't know the particulars of their family, but it was through their contributions, their hardships that they faced and all that they did to be here, that lends so much to the state and work ethics and customs that we have that we sometimes don't even realize are German in their origin."
Other features of the tour include traditional pink lemonade and springerle cookies. These cookies are made with lavender, one of the featured herbs in the gardens.
Visitors can also tour the Pommer-Gentner House and Strehly House for the regular admission price of $4 for adults and $2.50 for children. The free gardens tours continue through Sunday.