Bellevue House III

When I want vegetables I usually go to the supermarket across the street, although there are other options in the neighbourhood, including a Wal Mart and a produce store. In 19th century Canada you got your vegetables by growing them.

There’s a garden at Bellevue House in Kingston, tended by staff members in Victorian era clothing. I didn’t ask if it was a choice assignment – I would think working inside the house would be more appealing.

But somebody has to be out in the garden to answer the tourists’ questions and tell them that the garden would have produced all the vegetables the family would eat in the course of the year. Today the garden is tended in much the same fashion as 160 years ago, with crops that would have been instantly recognized by, Sir John A. Macdonald, the most famous resident of the house.

So today let’s enjoy the sunshine in the garden and tomorrow we can go back inside.


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