Hanson Park is located at 38 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ

HANSON PARK CONSERVANCY

Township of Cranford

About Lesley Parness


Lesley Parness is the retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw programming at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center.  She is a member of the Herb Society of America, The Council on Horticultural and Botanical Literature, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey's public gardens of which she is a Founding Member.

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy as we welcome Garden Historian Lesley Parness for “Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 PM at the Cranford Community Center.  


Could plants have played a role in the outcome of the Civil War?  Learn how important plants were in every aspect of this conflict, on battlefields and home fronts of both the North and the South. Over 30 plants will be discussed and their medicinal properties noted. "Receipts," or recipes are included for popular herbal remedies such as horehound lozenges and witch hazel tonic. Audiences are often surprised to learn how many "Civil War" plants they are already growing, and the haunting historic images create a compelling tale of interest to history buffs as well as gardeners alike!


​The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. in Cranford, NJ.  This program is free and open to the public.  No registration is required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

This history program is sponsored by the Hanson Park Conservancy and made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Medicinal Plants of the Civil War