Garden on the Triebel Lot

Triebel Gardens by Bergstone Garden design inspired by
The Upland Garden at Bethabara,
as recorded in1759

Treibel spinach seed saving (1)

row of spinach is
“going to seed”
for seed saving

The garden is laid out on the garden area of the Triebel house lot, a home which no longer stands. The garden design is inspired by Der Up-Land Gartten (the Upland Garden) in Bethabara, as recorded in 1759. Bethabara was the first Moravian town in Wachovia, and early drawings and maps of gardens there provide remarkable documentation about design and plant material used by the early Moravians in North Carolina.

Der Up-Land Gartten and the Hortus Medicus plans are the earliest discovered American garden plans with accompanying plant lists; they are in the collections of the Moravian Archives Bethlehem and Winston-Salem, respectively.

The large planting “squares” of Bethabara’s Upland Garden (Vegetable or Kitchen Garden) were laid out in diagonal rows and are replicated on a smaller scale in the Garden on the Triebel Lot. The design was unusual for vegetable gardens of the period — perhaps it was for improved drainage, for better utilization of space and sunlight, or maybe it was purely ornamental.

A variety of vegetables and herbs are planted in garden squares seasonally and apple trees line the back of the lot.