Deutschheim kitchen garden

Address

109 West Second Street
Hermann, MO 65041

Phone

573-486-2200

Hours

April-October
Daily — 10:00 to 4:00

November-March
Thursday-Sunday — 10:00 to 4:00

Closed New Year’s, Easter,
Thanksgiving and Christmas

Tours

10:00, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Adults — $5
Ages 6-17 — $3
Ages 0-5 — Free

Group rates available

More Information

Official Web Site

Deutschheim Verein

Video

Authentic period gardens are a popular attraction at Deutschheim State Historic Site.

 

Deutschheim State Historic Site

Deutschheim’s four-square Gemusegarten is planted with heirloom varieties, just as 19th century German immigrants would have done, incorporating flowers among the vegetables for both beauty and practicality.

“So much of today’s organic methods are very old traditions that were abandoned in the 20th century,” says Deutschheim Administrator Cynthia Browne.

For example, the Germans rotated their crops each year from one plot to the next to break the pest cycle and enhance soil fertility. Water was collected in cisterns, as many gardeners do today in rain barrels. Garden squares were separated by paths, making it easy to tend and harvest crops without compressing the soil.

The Deutschheim gardens are open daily, 10:00 to 4:00, from April through October.

 

More about 19th-Century German Gardens

Nineteenth Century German Gardening Practices [pdf]

Description of a German home and garden, circa 1835 [pdf]