Garden brings ancient history to life
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California: The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at
29 Palms and volunteers have planted a garden with 70
plants used by early Mojave Desert peoples. The plants
were used for food,
medicine and dyes.
the study of historical Native American culture
continues, more plants will be added.
Each plant will have detailed labeling.
“If one group used them, most likely other tribes used
them as well,” said Nicholas Chamberlain from the Natural Resources and
Environmental Affairs Center. “I am still learning about
their native uses.”
The garden has more than just a historical purpose. It
is also designed to celebrate the
true beauty of desert wildlife.
“We wanted people to see that the desert isn’t just some
dirt pit,” said D’Anne Albers from
the NREA. “There are beautiful plants here and they had
a use. A lot of Native Americans are still using these
Marine and sailor volunteers
also lent time to the project.
“I just wanted to get out here and get involved,” said
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Carnes with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine
Regiment. “It’s an opportunity to give something to the
The garden is funded by the National Environmental
Education Foundation. It will be open to the
public by Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
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