We Need You!
Native wildflowers are beautiful, but did you know they also help us produce food?
We rely on insects to pollinate our vegetable gardens, orchards, and croplands. By planting native flowering plants and grasses in our gardens and near our farms, we attract beneficial bugs that help us grow food.
Far left A Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on coneflower.
Left Vacant lots can be transformed into community gardens, like this one in Millburn, New Jersey.
Above During World War II, Americans came together to plant "victory gardens" to aid the war effort. Just as they depended on each other, we depend on insects to pollinate our crops and provide a bountiful harvest.
American, born Macau, China, 1953
Vascular Form XI, Unbound
12' height × 7' diameter; pine
Courtesy of Gallery Neptune & Brown
About the Artist
Sculptor Foon Sham is a professor of art at the University of Maryland. He works
Erected by Smithsonian Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • War, World II.
Location. 38° 53.485′ N, 77° 1.709′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 1/50) and 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "For Country, for Community!" (a few steps from this marker); "Better Food, Better Health and Better Cities" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Of Course I Can!" (within shouting distance of this marker); Developing Sustainable Practices (within shouting distance of this marker); "Garden for Victory!" (within shouting distance of this marker); Sneezewood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Healing (about 400 feet away); Crape myrtle (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.