Kitchen Guild and Interpretive Gardens

Interpretive Gardens

Dedicated to long-time volunteer and Riverdale Park resident Betty Gossett, the kitchen garden and orchard feature a variety of fruits and vegetables that are representative of the food needed to support the early 19th-century Riversdale community. The gardens are maintained by a corps of volunteers who work in conjunction with Riversdale’s professional gardener. Click here for information about volunteering in the garden.

Visit the gardener's photo blog

school group at the riversdale house museum garden

Riversdale Kitchen Guild and Seasonal Selections

Grab some 19th-century inspiration and a new recipe or two while viewing these demonstrations on select Sundays, 12 noon-3 pm and during special events. Using produce harvested from the garden, Riversdale Kitchen Guild members cook up history and demonstrate open-hearth cooking and foodways techniques from the early 1800s.

June 3 Berry Jamboree
June 17 Father's Day
July 8 Cold Meats and Salad
July 22 Sheep to Shawl
September 9 Grandparent's Day
September 23 The Sweet and Savory Apple
October 14 Harvest Fest
November 11 Soldier's Fare

Using produce harvested from the garden, Riversdale Kitchen Guild members demonstrate open-hearth cooking on selected Sunday afternoons during the museum’s operating hours from noon to 3:30 pm. Viewing the demonstrations is FREE!