My Father's Garden


This is a project about sharing the wisdom, life experiences, and local history in the context of gardens and green spaces. It is also an opportunity for your students to engage in real-world fieldwork and contribute a primary historical source to a Smithsonian digital archive. The interviews, stories, and videos submitted by students will help researchers of the future understand the value and meaning of gardens in American culture.

A teacher’s packet will help your students plan, implement, and contribute to the Community of Gardens digital archive. Lessons in this project meet many national standards and students will have the opportunity to practice their listening, recording, writing, and analyzing skills. By engaging with their own family and neighbors and the gardens around them ,they will have the opportunity to explore the history present in their own neighborhoods and backyards!