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Smithsonian Gardens: Community of Gardens

America’s gardeners have amazing stories to tell that are well worth preserving. We know North Dakota’s Extension Master Gardeners have fascinating stories to share and now The Smithsonian Institution wants to record and share our diverse stories with the American public!

Smithsonian Gardens has invited NDSU Extension Master Gardeners to share and be recognized for their contributions to our nation’s gardening history by adding their stories, videos, and photographs to a digital archive of American gardens and greenspaces called Community of Gardens.

Community of Gardens is the Smithsonian’s digital home for preserving stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow. Stories can be anecdotes or interviews, about the past or present, about a particular plant, about a particularly memorable moment spent in a garden or greenspace, about garden traditions or practices, and so much more! By contributing images, videos, and stories to this website, your participation will help others to better understand the meaning and value of gardens to American life – today and in the future.

As thanks for making a contribution, this work can count toward Intern Educational Service (4 hour cap) or Certified MG Volunteer Service (4 hour cap). Even if you choose not to contribute, Esther and Shannon hope that you'll spend some time reading the stories on the site. They are very excited about this project as it combines Esther's passion and profession of Horticulture and Shannon's passion and current degree program of Public History.

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