Grab a shovel and put on your gloves! This Florida Museum gallery digs into the world of gardening! Discover its environmental, ecological and therapeutic benefits as well as tips for gardening in small spaces. The exhibit will also offer Florida-specific growing advice and insights into how gardening can impact local biodiversity. Learn about pollinators, edible plant varieties, environment-friendly landscaping, and why your lawn may not be as “green” as you think in this free gallery exhibition.
- QR codes connect guests to online gardening resources from the Museum and other local organizations, such as Working Food and UF/IFAS.
‘Do This, Not That’
- Graphics and images depict the best practices and potential risks associated with various aspects of gardening, such as managing water runoff and insects, growing edible plants and more.
- Turf grass covers over 40 million acres in the United States, making it the nation’s largest irrigated “crop!” On average, 50% of a household’s clean drinking water supply is used to keep grass green.
- Commercial seed companies experienced overwhelming demand worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local seed banks, such as Gainesville’s Working Food, are a great resource for seed varieties well suited for the area.
- More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and relies heavily on imported foods. Local food networks can reduce cities’ environmental footprint and help them become more resilient to global events that can affect the food supply, such as climate change.