Four Square Garden

Four Square Garden at Midway Village Museum

The Four-Square Kitchen Garden is a pre-Victorian era garden. It is based on the old and traditional style of gardens that the early settlers brought with them from Europe. The enclosed kitchen garden laid out in quadrants with raised beds and two main intersecting pathways between them had been widely used as the most efficient way of providing vegetables for the family since the Middle Ages. Raised beds allowed easier access to the plants, had better drainage, warmed up earlier in the spring and could be amended if the soil was either too rocky or had too much clay. The border of this garden is a mixture of flowers, fruits and herbs. This was considered a classic but outdated garden style at the turn of the 20th century.

This garden can be found next to the Mowry Brown house.

Four Square Garden