Gardening stories from across the United States, whether about 19th-century green spaces that enlivened vacant lots or community vegetable plots, are being collected and preserved through the Community of Gardens project. The digital archive from Smithsonian Gardens with the Archives of American Gardens was recently launched as a free mobile app, where you can navigate a map of over 80 gardens.
The stories, which include both historical narratives and first-person accounts, are also accessible online, where you can additionally find digital exhibitions. The Smithsonian notes that often “the important stories, designs, and memories embodied in our gardens go undocumented when these changes fade from memory.”
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