The museum, in partnership with Syngenta, has filled planters outside the museum with a variety of crops: herbs that would have been typical in a Colonial garden; corn, beans and squash, referred to by Native Americans as the “three sisters” for their compatibility as plant companions; tobacco, cotton, peanuts and sweet potatoes, cash crops of the state; a drought-tolerant variety of corn developed by Syngenta; and annual and perennial plants representing the state’s nursery sector.
“The museum’s focus is historical, looking back at how people have interacted with the environment,” said Emily Grant, youth programs coordinator at the museum. “Our partnership with Syngenta helps bring that story to the present by looking at current trends and practices in the field of agriculture.”
As readers of this blog may remember, the Museum of History planted its first educational gardens in 2009, but the $15,000 Syngenta sponsorship has enabled the museum to add better signage and even more plants that are grown in the state.
The “History of the Harvest” exhibit is presented in the following six sections:
If you are in Raleigh, be sure to check out the gardens. They are located along Bicentennial Plaza, a walkway between the State Capitol and the Legislative Building. If you have already visited the exhibit, leave a note in the comments section below and let us know what you liked about it.