Gardens at Gantz
Situated alongside the historic Gantz farmhouse, the gardens provide a unique look at horticulture throughout time.
- The Gardens at Gantz is located at 2255 Home Road in Gantz Park.
- Download the Gardens at Gantz Farm, Self-Guided Tour brochure.
The Gardens at Gantz staff members maintain the herb gardens, organize educational workshops, an annual herb sale and gardening-related activities.
The Garden Sprouts youth gardening group meets in the Farmhouse and tends their own gardens each year.
Gardens at Gantz Volunteers
Whether you're a veteran gardener or just appreciate the scent of a fragrant herb, you will find something of interest as a Gardens at Gantz volunteer.
- The volunteers, an independent and non-profit organization, have supported the Gardens at Gantz Farm since 1991 through education, fundraising and charitable efforts in Grove City and nearby communities.
- For more information, follow the Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteers Facebook page and download a brochure/registration form or call 614-871-6323.
Gardens at Gantz Features
Park staff and volunteers developed three main gardens to demonstrate a wide range of gardening styles:
The Garden of Yesterday is not a formal garden like some herb gardens of the past, but a kitchen garden typical of an Ohio farm at the time the Gantz farmhouse was built. A farm wife of the 1840's would have planted herbs together with fruits, vegetables and perhaps some ornamentals in such a garden.
- This is not a restoration garden. Instead it demonstrates herbs with multiple uses, heirloom vegetables, and old fruit varieties. An herb which was used in cooking, which was thought to have medicinal uses, and which could also be used to dye fabric was desired over plants with single uses.
- The vegetables are primarily those which were preserved or stored for winter use. The garden does not reflect the large crops which would be necessary to feed a farm family; instead, a small quantity of a large number of vegetables is grown. Vegetables such as corn, squash, and pumpkins, which require a lot of space, would not have been planted in a kitchen garden.
- Fences surrounded gardens of this era to keep out farm animals. The garden includes brick and gravel walks which probably would not have been in a farm garden, but makes the garden accessible to the public.
The Garden of Today features curving walls and walks made of wire cut brick contrast with the rectangular forms and old brick of the Garden of Yesterday, as well as the quarry tile and rectilinear forms of the Garden of Tomorrow.
- The Garden of Today has aspects of herb gardens found in many locations in the last half of the 20th century. It is divided into theme gardens which emphasize the uses made of plant products and the relationships between plants.
- A single herb may have several uses, but it is included in the garden demonstrating its most common use. Some woody plants have herbal uses. These are included in the gardens for several reasons. They provide shade for some herbs which require it, help to visually divide areas, and provide new views as visitors turn each corner of the curving alternate paths in the garden.
The Gantz labyrinth, constructed in 2010, is surrounded by an herbal grove including American Beech, Sweet Bay Magnolia and Sassafras.
- Labyrinths are ancient meditation tools used throughout the world for more than 4,000 years. Unlike a maze, the circular paths have one entrance point that leads to its center with no dead-ends.