Planted and maintained by the Philipstown Garden Club, the herb garden features a variety of plants and trees that would have played an important role in daily life of early 19th century. Plants such as sage, rosemary, lemon verbena, sweet woodruff, oleander and flax and fruit-bearing trees including pear and quince, were valued not just for their use in cooking but also for medicinal purposes, fragrance, and for making coloring and dyes.

Since States Dyckman owned many fruit trees that could not have survived New Yorkwinters, it is most likely that an orangery was among the outbuildings of the original Montrose property. Today, Boscobel’s brick and clapboard orangery harbors a variety of warm weather plants throughout the winter.

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