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David Lenz House Garden, 2004

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1 folder+ 2 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
New Harmony
David Lenz House Garden (New Harmony, Indiana)
The Colonial Dames saved the house from destruction in 1958 and placed it on a bare grass lot. Flowers were planted around the house and the Society put in a winding concrete walk. Others in the organization advocated historical research to re-create a smaller version of the Harmonist vegetable garden. They approached Kent Schuette, a professor of agriculture at Purdue University, to conduct the research, design, and implementation of the new garden. The design and plants are based on research done at Old Economy in Pennsylvania. Harmonist gardens, like the houses, were built according to specific plans in order to maximize space and volume of produce. The four main beds are twelve-foot squares; two planted with vegetables and two with hervs and fruit. Gravel paths separate the beds. Ornamental flowers and vines are planted in beds abutting the picket fences that edge the garden and house. A bake house and small log barn are located at the back of the garden.
Persons of Organizations associated with the garden include: Harmony Society (former owners of house, ca. 1820-1825); David Lenz and family (occupant of house, ca. 1820-1825); Robert Owen (former owner, 1825-1826); William MacClure (former owner of house, 1826-1838); The Mumford Family (former owners, 1826-1958); The Indiana Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (present owners, 1958-present); Historic New Harmony (lease holder, 1958-present); Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, School of Agriculture, Purdue University (research, planning, and implementation, 2001-2002); and James E. Parrent (garden designer, maintenance, 2005-present).
David Lenz, a member of the Harmonist Society, moved from Pennsylvania to Indiana with the Harmonists and built the house ca. 1815. The Lenz family moved back to Pennsylvania in 1825 with the community. In 1825, Robert Owen bought the house and town in hopes of starting a progressive thinking community. In 1828 Thomas Mumford, a carpenter, joined the Owen-Maclure community. The heirs of Thomas Mumford donated the house to the Indiana Society of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1958. The house was in danger of destruction from someone drilling an oil well. The Colonial Dames moved the house to its current location and leased it to Historic New Harmony. New Harmony was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, with the David Lenz House listed as an historic site.
The folder includes a work sheet and site plan.
Project manual for the 2001-2002 reconstruction of garden located at Purdue University with a copy at Historic New Harmony
Raised bed gardening
Vegetable gardening
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