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The Native American Heritage Garden

Working with Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center will have a Native American Heritage Garden that represents plants that were important to the prehistoric and Native American people of the Verde Valley. These plants will include various domesticated foods eaten by the ancient and historic inhabitants of the region, as well as wild or non-domesticated plants that were collected from the surrounding area and used for food, medicine, containers, dyes, cordage, architectural elements, and other purposes. Examples of some of the domesticated plants to be grown will include corn, different kinds of beans, squash, gourds, and cotton. Some of the wild plants will consist of wild tobacco, amaranth, beeweed, agave, yucca, sunflowers, prickly pear, and cholla, and others.

The garden will be a place where visitors can see up close the plants used by the Native peoples of the Verde Valley. Center members and others will have opportunities to learn about and participate in the growing of domesticated plants and collection of wild plants used on a daily basis by the Sinagua, Hohokam, Yavapai and Apache. This learning experience will foster an understanding of how Native peoples used their farming skills and intimate knowledge of their surrounding environment to provide a sustainable lifestyle for many centuries. 

This garden area is made possible through a generous donation by Donalyn Mikles through the Kling Family Foundation.

Prehistoric Farming
Plaque sponsored by Dean and Kathi Olson
This part of the garden will feature corn, squash, gourds, beans and cotton typically grown in this type of village.

The Garden 

Plaque sponsored by Ruthmary Lovitt
This part of the garden will feature plants that would have been available in the area for the gathering of food stuffs.

Prehistoric Garden Tools
Plaque sponsored by Lee and Jean Silver
Various tools used in gardening and harvesting are described.

Agave Garden
Plaque sponsored by Larry Watkins
Working with the Desert Botanical Garden, this part of the garden will feature varieties of agave that would have been collected and roasted.

Pathway Horticulture
Plaques sponsored by George and Pat Witteman
There will be several signs identifying the various native plants along the pathway.

Watch Our Progress

During October, a water line was extended from the
water main on Homestead Parkway to the garden. 

An equipment shed and picnic bench were recently installed.