Mayor Chuck Fewell
Herb Society & Cooperative Efforts
The Riley Home Garden
by Teresa Amick, with contributions from Irene Shireman
Imagine instead, a four-acre barnyard. The year is 1858 and Indiana is 42 years old; Hancock County is thirty; Riley is nine. The gazebo, the Victorian-styled flowerbeds and the paved footpaths do not exist. In their place, a cow tethered to a post waits to be milked. A woodpile, a barn, and farm implements stand in the distance. To the east there is a culinary garden and an orchard.
Volunteer groups have been active in creating and maintaining the flower beds around the Riley Home since 1991. Although the grounds are not historically accurate, many of the herbs now grown by the Hancock County Herb Society in the beds around the sundial were familiar to Greenfield residents one hundred and fifty years ago.
James Whitcomb Riley
Zumba, April 2011