Nearby is a victory garden, whose crops are donated to homeless shelters. Horticulturalist Alex Dendker said that “fantastic volunteers come in every week, even in twenty-degree weather – accountants, doctors, lawyers. They come dig holes for us in August.”
We were joined by Jake Hendee, who described “doing science” with the Garden collections. “There are best practices, based on science,” he stressed, “and the prevailing practices that are currently on the landscape. There can be a big gap between them. We think of our role as a public garden as putting the puzzle pieces together.”
The tour wound up outside the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There we were met by Carla Thomas McGinnis, Assistant Director of Council Operations and Museum Initiatives.
All the trees here are roughly six years old, since they were planted when the museum first opened. “The question has been, ‘How can we use our trees to connect with our visitors?’” She pointed out the live oaks nearby.