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Heritage/Herb Garden at RMSC

The Roper Mountain Living History Farm, an educational resource for the Greater Greenville community, is owned and operated by the Greenville County School District. The 62-acre site includes cabins and gardens, which represent life in the Upstate in the 1800’s.

Greater Greenville Master Gardener volunteers help maintain the Heritage, Herb, and Butterfly Gardens on the site. Volunteers also attend the Second Saturday programs at RMSC to help with horticulture questions.

Gardeners maintain vegetables (many heirloom) and herbs grown during that time period, including indigo, Carolina Gold rice, flax, and cotton. In the gardens school children learn about growing vegetables, composting, and practicing organic pest control.

Hyacinth Bean – introduced to US
by Thomas Jefferson –growing on
the back gate
Compost bins
“Miss Helen” has volunteered at the Heritage Garden for over 20 years.
  The herb gardens in the 1800’s, known as kitchen gardens, contained all the culinary and medicinal needs of the family. Herbs are easy to grow and use today. See HGIC Fact Sheet 1311, (      


Peppermint – Mentha piperita  (evergreen perennial)

Greek Oregano – Origanum vulgare ‘hirtum’  (evergreen perennial)

Savory, Winter – Satureja Montana  (evergreen perennial)

Tarragon, French – Artemisia dracunculus (herbaceous perennial)

Thyme, lemon – Thymus citrodorus (evergreen perennial)

Sweet Marjoram – origanum majorana (evergreen perennial)

Sweet Her of Paraguay – Stevia rebaudiana (herbaceous perennial)

Anise Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum (herbaceous perennial)

Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare (herbaceous perennial – self-sowing)

Sorrel, garden – Rumex acetosa (evergreen perennial)

Sage – Salvia officinalis (evergreen perennial)

Lovage – Levisticum officinale (herbaceous perennial)

Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ (Evergreen perennial)

Chives – Allium schoenoprasum  (evergreen perennial)

Rabbit-eye Blueberry – Vaccinium asbei (herbaceous perennial)

Bay, Sweet – Laurus nobilis (evergreen perennial)

Lemon Verbena – Aloysia triphylla (herbaceous perennial)

Spearmint – Mentha spicata (evergreen perennial)

Flat Leaf Parsley – Petroselinium crispum ‘Neapolitanum’ biennial


Champney Rose – (evergreen perennial)

Florentine Iris – Iris germanica var. ‘forentina’ (evergreen perennial)

‘Hidcote’ Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia (evergreen perennial)

Pinks – Dianthus (evergreen perennial)

Costmary – Chrysanthemum balsamita (evergreen perennial)

Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea (evergreen biennial)

Bee Balm (Oswego Tea) – Monarda didyma (herbaceous perennial)

Rose Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens (tender evergreen)

Helitrope – Heliotropium arborescens (annual)



Purple Cone Flower – Echinacea purpurea(herbaceous perennial)

Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris  (evergreen perennial)

Wood Betony – Stachys officinalis (herbaceous perennial)

Rue, Herb of Grace – Ruta graveolens(evergreen perennial)

Yarrow (white) – Achillea millefolium (evergreen perennial)

Bugleweed – Ajuga reptans  (evergreen perennial)

Celandine – Chelidonium majus  (herbaceous perennial)

Horehound – Marrubium vulgare  (evergreen perennial)

Southernwood – Artemisia abrotanum  (herbaceous perennial)

Catmint – Nepeta mussinii  (herbaceous perennial)

Yarrow (yellow) – Achillea filipendulina  (evergreen perennial)

Agrimony – Agrimonia eupatoria (herbaceous perennial)

Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis  (evergreen perennial)

St. John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum  (evergreen perennial)

Pennyroyal (English) – Mentha puleguim  (evergreen perennial)

Germander – Teucrium chamaedrys  (evergreen perennial)

Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea  (biennial)

Feverfew (double) – Chrysanthemum parthenium  (evergreen perennial)

Lamb’s ear – Stachys byzantine  (evergreen perennial)


Lady’s Mantle – Alchemilla vulgaris (herbaceous perennial)

Woad – Isatis tinctoria (herbaceous perennial)

Weld – Reseda loteola (herbaceous perennial)

Soapwort (bouncing bet) – Saponaria officinalis
(herbaceous perennial)

Lady’s Bedstraw – Galium verum (evergreen perennial)

Comfrey – Symphytum uplandicum  (herbaceous perennial)

Fennel (bronze) – Foeniculum rubrum
 (herbaceous perennial, self-sowiing)

Calendual (Pot Marigold) – Calendula officinalis
(self-sowing annual)

Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia hirta (herbaceous perennial)

Coreopsis (herbaceous perennial – self-sowing)

  Using cotton, flax and wool, farmers made their own clothes.
They used herbs for dye.