"Plants are featured in myth and religion and ritual as well as in gardens. In the Young Garden I’m looking at how plants are portrayed in art and how those portrayals reflect their symbolic meanings."
"The Pounder Garden has enabled me to study the interactions of people and food, food crops, and how they travel around the world, and how important that is and the effects of it on history at different times"
"We’re so removed in a lot of ways from agriculture. I think it’s just nice for people to actually see the plants that sustain human life, to see what corn, soybeans, and wheat actually look like."
"Many people of all different ethnic groups can relate to our International Crop and Weeds Garden, because we grow food from around the world. It’s so tangible, and an easy garden to interpret in a hands-on way with kids."
"With herbs, we flavor foods, brew teas, wear and breathe their fragrances, heal our illnesses and injuries, and calm our minds. We absorb their essence into our beings. This kind of intimate connection with plants is really special."
"The herb garden is just full of smells and colors and richness. By the end of summer, it’s in full glory. All the plants are filled out and it’s literally bursting with life. "
"This sense of separateness, combined with the fragrant plants, makes the Herb Garden feel like a sanctuary, especially in the early morning."
"The Herb Garden has a beautiful design; the stone walls on the north and south, and the split rail fence on the east and west give it the sense of a cloister. And it’s very symmetrical, which is a classic design for a garden. So it gives you a sense of antiquity."
"Visitors to the Herb Garden enjoy seeing things they’re familiar with right away, especially the culinary herbs."
"The Herb Garden is particularly special in the early morning, when you can get a strong sense of fragrance."