Wildflowers and Herbs Gardens

Bourne Historical Society Gardens


After spending 43 years working for the extension service in New Hampshire, Beth Bourne retired to the family homestead on County Road in Bourne. The next 30 years was spent working in many volunteer capacities with children and adults alike. She was well known locally for starting the Bourne Historical Society’s annual Strawberry Festival in 1973. Through her work with the Aptucxet Garden Club of Bourne, she was instrumental in establishing a wildflower garden on the Society’s grounds at the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex. Other club and Society members followed her lead, and today the wildflower garden is much expanded from the simple beginnings which Beth started. Following her death in 1999 at the age of 96, the decision was made to honor her memory and to recognize her many achievements by naming the garden the Beth Bourne Memorial Wildflower Garden.


Herbs formed an important part of early Colonial life. They provided both beauty and medical aid as well as food. During the spring of 1964, members of the Aptucxet Garden Club, armed with shovels, hoes and very little money, proceeded to create an Herb Garden.

This tradition continues today and some of the herbs to be found are:

  • Chives – flavoring and perfume
  • Marjoram – food, medicine and perfume
  • Mint – flavoring and fragrance
  • Rosemary – medicine and perfume
  • Summer Savory – food and medicine
  • Sweet Basil – flavoring and perfume
  • Tarragon – flavoring and perfume

Wampanoag Garden

  • Corn – 8 row multicolor flint
  • Beans – pole beans
  • Squash – crook neck – pumpkin, patty pan, acorn, buttercup, watermelon
  • Sunflowers
  • Jerusalem Artichoke – wild sunflowers
  • Gourds
  • Tabacco