Common Ground: Our American Garden
Many plants have a history of providing comfort, restoration, and inspiration. Different communities found medicinal purposes for plants and passed down knowledge from generation to generation. People sought answers for common ailments, spiritual needs, and general health. As communities met on American soil, they shared this knowledge. Healing the spirit through beauty and escape, people have used ornamental plants to enhance homes, parks, public spaces, cemeteries, and places of significance. Other plants have been used to heal the land itself.
Did you know?
Herbal remedies remain popular today. However, medicinal plants can be toxic if used incorrectly, making helpful plants harmful. What plants are used for healing in your culture?
Erected 2019 by Smithsonian Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 53.456′ N, 77° 1.774′ W. Marker is in The National
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butterfly weed (here, next to this marker); Crape myrtle (here, next to this marker); Blazing star (here, next to this marker); Sneezewood (a few steps from this marker); "Of Course I Can!" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Garden for Victory!" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Better Food, Better Health and Better Cities" (within shouting distance of this marker); A National Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.