STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Gardeners Helped to Win the War 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 24. Join us as we explore the role of 1940s vegetable gardens, ration-book cookery, and food preservation in wartime victory. Victory gardens provided food and promoted morale during World War II, and by 1944 American gardeners grew forty-four percent of the produce that fed civilian families. In this slide illustrated talk Judith Sumner will trace the Victory Garden movement, including the Roosevelt White House garden, urban gardens, school gardens, food preservation, wartime nutrition, and ration book cookery. We will also look at the British Dig for Victory campaign, Hedgerow Harvest program, and the Women’s Land Army. This program is led by Judith Summer, author of Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II. Non-members, $20; members, $15. For information, 413-298-3926 or www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or info@berkshirebotanical.org.

Schedules

  • Starting Sunday, October 24th, 2021, repeated every day until Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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