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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

The Healing Gardener

Experience Louisbourg’s 18th century plants and herbal medicines on a Healing Gardener Garden Tour

Munch a day lily and smell fragrant anise. Meet the gardener and explore planted plots throughout the Fortress of Louisbourg, meticulously modeled on typical 18th century ornamental and kitchen gardens. Need Feverfew for sadness of spirits? Johnny-Jump-Up for falling sickness? Your gardener can identify many natural remedies that can be prepared from the gardens’ fresh organic ingredients, like Wallflower to “free the liver from obstruction” or Motherwort to “settle the womb”. The Healing Gardener tour is a novel, hands-on experience explaining the plants grown, from strictly ornamental to those used for food, medicine or both - like lovage, lavender, parsley and rhubarb; many ingredients served at Louisbourg’s two period restaurants are harvested from these plots. Taste, smell, ask questions and learn. Then head home with an 18th century herbal handbook – after all, you never know when you might need a remedy for “apoplexy” or "the vapours"!


12:15 p.m.
July 1 to September 7, 2015


$7.30 taxes included (entrance fees are separate)

To book:

By phone: 902-733-3552
By email:
The experience can also be purchased on site at the De la Plagne House (#34) if available.