Emma Wakefield Garden Summer Party

Saturday, July 13, 2019

1PM - 3PM

Free with Museum admission

Old Aurora Colony Museum office:: 503-678-5754

The Emma Wakefield Herb Garden was established in July of 1974 in honor of Emma Wakefield, “Canby’s Herb Lady”. For the last 45 years, WVHS has continuously maintained the garden as a way to honor Wakefield and to educate the public about the historical uses of herbs. Herb-based items will be for sale, and lavender ice cream will be served. Admission to this event is included in Museum admission. 

In full summer bloom, the Museum’s herb garden welcomes visitors with bouquets of color and fragrance. The herb garden, a replica of a typical Aurora Colony herb garden, features culinary and medicinal herbs that would have added flavor to meals and comfort to the sick: a variety of mints, yarrow, valerian, horehound, tansy, agrimony, rosemary, thyme, chamomile and many more. It is interesting to note that Aurora Colony founder Dr. Wilhelm Keil was an herb doctor. A German immigrant, Dr. Keil had no formal medical training but was skilled in the use of medicinal plants that cured sickness. Keil cultivated an herb garden much like the one planted and maintained by the Willamette Valley Herb Society. 

The Willamette Valley Herb Society has published a book listing these herbs and others; it’s available for sale in the Old Aurora Colony Museum gift shop.