THE HERB GARDEN AND HERBCRAFTERS
In 1967, the Wepawaug Garden Club planned and planted a 17th Century Herb Garden on the south lawn of the Eells Stow House. They cared for it until 1973, when they turned it over to the Society.
A group of Society members formed the Herbcrafters, to care for the Garden and to learn about herbs and their uses. They continue to care for the Herb Garden, in addition to having regular meetings and events. New members are always welcome to join the group.
In the fall of 1984 the Herb Garden was moved and the grounds re-landscaped with the addition of the Clark Stockade House and the Bryan Downs House.
The present Herb Garden, planted in the spring of 1985, is in front of the Bryan Downs House and was expanded in 2013. Designed as a late 18th Century Garden, it complements the age of the house. The garden on the south side of the house, started as a wild flower and shade garden, became a garden of everlasting flowers in 1986. Hurricane Gloria blew over the huge maple tree that provided shade, leaving the south side sunny.
A separate flower garden is maintained by the Milford Garden Club in front of the Stockade House.
In honor of Milford's 375th Anniversary, Girl Scout troop 38305 completed a Silver Award project named "Going Back in Thyme." They created a Colonial Garden at the Eells-Stow House containing exclusively native plants that were used by the early settlers of Milford for culinary and medicinal purposes around the time of its founding.