Fort de Chartres Heritage Garden

Un journal d'un Jardin Potager du Pays des Illinois

Tag: June Rendezvous

Événements de juin

31 mai, 2017 mercredi

The jardin potager in May.

82 degrees, sunny

7 mph, NW wind

So much is happening at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site in the Illinois Country over the next two weeks! We have been busy trying to keep up with the usual seasonal garden tasks while preparing for important and exciting upcoming Fort events. I haven’t been able to find a moment to write a recent jardin update and time has flown since my last post the end of March. I promise a regular garden blog post mid-June, once the jardin schedule settles into the slower pace of summer.

FdC June Rendezvous

Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, I will be in the jardin during the Fort’s 47th June Rendezvous. This signature event transports visitors back to the 1700s and this annual Rendezvous is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site. Visit the June Rendezvous page located on the Fort’s website for event information and updates.  I will be interpreting in the garden throughout the 2-day event and I hope you stop by and visit!

And new this year, our jardin potager will be part of a five site French Colonial Gardens Driving Tour, Sunday, June 11, Noon-5 PM.  This new garden event is sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. There will be garden tour flyers available in the jardin during the upcoming June Rendezvous. Plan a day trip on June 11th and enjoy a Sunday drive through the ‘French Colonial Corridor’ along the middle Mississippi River valley. Whether you begin your journey near Prairie du Rocher or Ste. Genevieve, these gardens and sites are sure to provide inspiration and enjoyment.

In Ste. Genevieve Missouri, see these historic gardens

Jacques Guibourd House Garden

Felix Valle State Historic Site Garden (Closes at 4 PM)

Near Chester Illinois, see this historic garden

Pierre Menard Home Garden

Near Prairie du Rocher Illinois, see these historic sites & gardens

The Creole House

The Fort de Chartres Heritage Garden Project  (Jardin Potager)

We hope to be visiting with you soon during June Rendezvous or during the garden tour when you travel to visit these gardens and sites in Missouri and Illinois, located within our historic Illinois Country.  A bientôt!


Joyeux Printemps, 45th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous

photo 2(10)2 juin 2015 mardi

62 degrees, Cloudy

4 mph, ENE wind

“Happy Spring!” This recent salutation from a friend is a fitting seasonal greeting and one to be shared with all. It is indeed spring in the Illinois country, running ahead in our garden paths with summer nipping at its heels. The mid-spring season bounty in the jardin potager has been fast and furious. The mostly cooler temperatures and rains have allowed a continuous harvest of our heirloom Monstrueux de Viroflay spinach, Long Scarlet radishes, Tom Thumb and Forellenschluss photo(21)lettuces, and asparagus. It has been a challenge to keep abreast of the harvest and ripening produce. Within in the past two weeks, the flowering and podding of Tom Thumb and Purple Podded peas and the maturing of Early Wonder beets are the new crops in our jardin. Hope lingers for a continued good harvest as we enter June and the inevitable warmer weather approaches. It is only natural to wish for a delay in the onslaught of heat about to overcome our region as is the norm. Those of us in the Illinois country often feel as if the season swings from early spring to mid-summer in the course of a day. For now, the spring garden can be enjoyed as it is thriving and full, demanding our full attention. The garden bed layout page on this blog has recently been updated so those interested can view the types and locations of heirloom varieties planted in the 2015 jardin potager.

But wait, the arrival of late spring in the Illinois country must also mean that it time for tn_fdcvous5068the Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. This year marks the 45th anniversary of this amazing celebration. Each day features opening and closing ceremonies, parades of military units, music, vendors, and food-truly a feast for the senses as one experiences the gamut of the reenactment community. Please don’t forget to visit the FdC Heirloom Jardin Potager throughout the June Rendezvous weekend with a tour of our heirloom garden on the hour, heirloom plant sale, along with free sample heirloom summer seed sample packets and flyers under the garden tent canopy. At our table in the jardin will be Jennifer Pressler with information on the Prairie du Rocher Garden Tour and Farmer’s Market to be held that weekend. The FdC Heritage Jardin Potager is part of this tour and we appreciate the invitation. And with the additional presence of the Master Gardeners of Randoph County to answer your garden questions also present under the garden canopy, we promise a gardener’s haven. We welcome you to the jardin potager and come celebrate the approach of summer with us and experience the June Rendezvous garden style!

A quick note and plea: as this spectacular event highlights the importance of the history of photo 1(9)southern Illinois, please note-sonnez l’alarme, sound the alarm! The Illinois State historic sites are under fire and we ask that you please consider taking a moment to voice your support of Fort de Chatres and other Illinois historic sites to the politicians and departments within the state of Illinois responsible for its operation and of the many worthy sites within state borders. One can understand the severity of the budget shortfalls in the state of Illinois, but at the same time, the investment of time and money that has created and preserved these sites should not be allowed to be in vain. Allowing sites such as these to shutter and close in a

IL State Contacts

IL State Contacts

short-sighted attempt to solve a long term problem, would waste valuable resources and place in jeopardy the preservation of the history that once gone is not easily recovered. So all of us, whether staff, volunteer, or reenactor, who love and breathe life into these sites, sharing the history and lore of our shared past, request your help by asking you to contact the Illinois state legislators to voice your support. Let’s find a way to keep Illinois’s vibrant and significant history alive!