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As part of National Gardening Month, we look at plants discovered by Lewis & Clark, medicinal uses, and the legacy gardens along the Lewis and Clark Trail.  

Did you know? Among the vegetables in Thomas Jefferson's garden was the English pea, considered to be his favorite. He grew fifteen types of the English pea, and his frequent jottings on the vegetable in his Garden Book suggest that he paid particular attention to it, happily noting when "peas come to table." By staggering the planting of peas, Jefferson was able to eat them fresh from the garden from the middle of May to the middle of July. (Fun fact from Monticello)

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Lewis and Clark Legacy Gardens

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  •      Lewis & Clark Montana Native Plant Garden at the Crazy Mountain Museum, Big Timber, Montana.  Open Memorial Day - Labor Day (Tuesday - Saturday) with limited hours.  Please call 406-932-5126.

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Flowering Plants Lewis & Clark Collected Along the Snake and Columbia River" by William H. Rickard, Ph.D. Botanist  
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Plains Indians used various wild berries and herbal plants in ceremonial rites that celebrated the gift of life from Mother Earth.
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For thousands of years, the use of plants for food, medicine, tools, clothing, homes and ceremony has been an important part of Native American family and community life. Lewis and Clark learned of some of these edible and medicinal plants from the tribes they met along the trail. Audio

Judy Bluehorse Skelton is Nez Perce on her father's side of the family and her mother is Cherokee. Today Judy speaks of herbal medicine and the native way of making relationships with the plant people.  Audio

Earth Day- April 22




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