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People's Gardens at Plant Materials Centers

USDA The People's GardenSecretary Vilsack began the The People's Garden Initiative - named in honor of President Lincoln's description of USDA as the "People's Department" - in 2009 as an effort to challenge employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has since grown into a collaborative effort of over 700 local and national organizations all working together to establish community and school gardens across the country. The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our country - from hunger to the environment.


Pollinator meadow at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center in AprilPlant Materials Centers and
The People's Garden Initiative

Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) from across the country have installed People's Gardens from coast to coast in support of the The People's Garden initiative.  Plantings include vegetable gardens, pollinator enhancement gardens, and native and drought tolerant field plantings.

An important aspect of The People’s Garden effort, which is often overlooked, is sustainable landscapes.  PMCs have worked with thousands of native plants and many of the Plant Materials Programs conservation plants are useful in creating aesthetic, low water-use, sustainable landscapes.  Documents developed by Plant Materials Centers are useful in providing solutions for improving plant communities, conserving soil, and improving water quality for homeowners and municipalities.  These documents can be found in the following locations.

PMCs working on The People's Garden Initiative

Booneville PMC Pollinator Garden
Native plants pollinator garden
Booneville Plant Materials Center
6883 South State Highway 23
Booneville, AR 72927

People's Gardens
Native plants pollinator garden
Tucson Plant Materials Center
3241 N Romero Rd.
Tucson, AZ  85705

California Native and Drought Tolerant Garden
Native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and pollinators for community demonstration
Lockeford Plant Materials Center
21001 N. Elliott Rd
Lockeford, CA 95237

Brooksville PMC Pollinator Demonstration Garden
Pollinator garden highlighting native pollinator plants
Brooksville Plant Materials Center
14119 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Hoolehua Garden
Native taro and pollinator plants
Hoolehua Plant Materials Center
4101 Maunaloa Highway
Hoolehua, HI 96729

Native Plants for Pollinators
Native grasses and forbs with a selection of diciduous and conifer trees, native plants, berries, fruit trees and nuts
Manhattan Plant Materials Center
3800 South 20th Street
Manhattan, KS 67456

Golden Meadow Garden
Native plants pollinator garden
Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center
438 Airport Rd
Galliano, LA 70354

Norman A. Berg National PMC Pollinator Garden & Franklin J. Crider Garden
Native plants pollinator, and wildlife gardens
Norman A. Berg National Plant Materials Center
8820 Beaver Dam Road
Beltsville, MD 20705 United States

Pollinator Habitat Garden
Pollinator habitat and native plants
Rose Lake Plant Materials Center
7472 Stoll Road
East Lansing, MI 48879

Plant Materials Center Gardens
Vegetable Garden (High Tunnel), Outdoor Classroom, Pollinator Garden, Native Plant ID
Elsberry Plant Materials Center
2803 N. Hwy 79
Elsberry, MO 63343

Nevada People's Garden
Vegetables, herbs, flowers for pollinators, and a demonstration of the "Three Sisters" with corn, beans, and squash planted together.
Great Basin Plant Materials Center
2055 Schurz Highway
Fallon, NV 89406

Cape May PMC People's Gardens
Vegetable, pollinator and rain gardens
Cape May Plant Materials Center
1536 Route 9 North, Shore Rd
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Big Flats Pollinator Enhancement Garden
This garden contains 48 different native pollinator plants with 1 species of sweetgrass
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
3266a State Route 352
Corning, NY 14830

Native Grass and Pollinator Gardens
Peoples garden displaying native grasses, forbs and legumes; pollinator garden; culturally significant plants; plant identification training
Bismarck Plant Materials Center
3308 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

East Texas PMC People's Garden
Vegetable, pollinator and native plants
East Texas Plant Materials Center
6598 FM 2782
Nacogdoches, TX 79564

E. "Kika" de la Garza PMC Peoples Garden
Vegetables, pollinators and native plants
E. "Kika" de la Garza Plant Materials Center
3409 N FM 1355
Kingsville, TX 78363

Pollinator Habitat Demonstration Planting
Native and introduced trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses
Pullman Plant Materials Center
211-A Hulbert Hall
PO Box 646211
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6211

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