Asclepias tuberosa is both a native and a medicinal plant. One of its most interesting uses in America, however, comes from its seeds. Each seed is carried on a billowy sail of cottony fluff. Someone noticed this and utilized the fluff as stuffing for life-jackets during World War 1.
As the horticulturist for "Common Ground: Our American Garden," Erin Clark knows the value to be found in exploring the memories that family, friends, and communities may have of a garden, a particular herb, a vegetable or a flower. "Seed-saving, seed-sharing, conservation, and conversation are all important for remembering our garden heritage and for enjoying the green we see around us today."
We recently opened our newest garden, "Common Ground: Our American Garden." Located on the terrace of @amhistorymuseum, this outdoor exhibit highlights plants based on their importance to Americans. The garden invites visitors to connect with their cultural heritage, discover plants beloved for their medicinal qualities, and enjoy a beautiful vista of color in the nation's capital.
Before it was "Common Ground: Our American Garden" the terrace landscape around was known as the Heirloom Garden. Here's a look at our gardeners and horticulturists working on the garden beds during one of the stages of redesign.
In fact, it is looking more like a prairie in the Ripley Gardens these days.
Did you know that we have a bluebird trail at our greenhouse facility? Not all of our houseguests are bluebirds, though. This tree swallow has made itself at home in box 8 and is guarding a treasure of eggs.
You can help pollinators by creating a pollinator friendly habitat in your backyard, balcony, or community. Add diversity to your landscape with a beautiful tapestry of plants that thrive under the conditions in your region. BEE One in Million! Plant for Pollinators.
The white-veined Dutchman's pipe is a perennial plant native to several South American countries including Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. It is a host plant (and favorite snack!) for caterpillars of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.
We've got some bright and colorful spectacles in the Enid A. This hybrid Gomphrena, known as Pink Zazzle, is a festive sight with yellow star-like flowers radiating out from its fuchsia bracts.
The corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in our gardens outside the National Museum of American History were sown in part from seeds collected from Flanders Fields in Belgium. Poppies are a symbol of remembrance.