Heritage/Herb Garden at Roper Moutain Science Center
The Roper Mountain Living History Farm, an educational resource for the Greater Greenville community, is owned and operated by the Greenville County School District. The 62-acre site includes cabins and gardens, which represent life in the Upstate in the 1800’s. http://www.ropermountain.org/
Greater Greenville Master Gardener volunteers help maintain the Heritage, Herb, and Butterfly Gardens on the site. Volunteers also attend the Second Saturday programs at RMSC to help with horticulture questions.
Gardeners maintain vegetables (many heirloom) and herbs grown during that time period, including indigo, Carolina Gold rice, flax, and cotton. In the gardens school children learn about growing vegetables, composting, and practicing organic pest control.
The herb gardens in the 1800’s, known as kitchen gardens, contained all the culinary and medicinal needs of the family. Herbs are easy to grow and use today. See HGIC Fact Sheet 1311.