San Bernardino County Museum Opens New Outdoor Gardens

San Bernardino County Museum Opens New Outdoor Gardens

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Last Saturday, the San Bernardino County Museum’s restored native gardens that offers interpretations and stories about the plants featured there. The Desert Garden is located at the museum’s entry. It features plants that play an essential role in the survival and success of all other local organisms. California is home to thousands of native plant species that are found nowhere else in the world; however, changes in our climate are threatening the survival of many of these species. The exhibit is fully bilingual with interpretation in English and Spanish. The Ethnobotany Garden is located off the museum’s interior courtyard. It highlights plants historically stewarded by the local tribal community. Many plants are an important source of food. In addition, some of the plants in this region have been traditionally used for their medicinal properties. With the advancement of science and technology, plants still play an active role in how humans heal. The garden highlights some of them. Curator of Integrated Science, Jessika Vazquez, spent months researching and developing stories about the Desert Garden and how the plants impact the regional eco-system. “Every part of a plant has a role in its own survival and success as well as in our survival and success. We are very happy to be able to showcase the connection between us and our natural resources, in this case plants. She shared adding, It’s especially exciting to be able to share these stories with our Spanish speaking community.” Tamara Serrao-Leiva, curator of Anthropology, who consulted closely with Morongo’s Malki Museum, said, “The ethnobotany garden is a shared space. Animals, plants, and humans come together here and live in harmony. It is important to remember that our relationship to the land is symbiotic, and our health is integrally tied to the health of the land, whether it’s physically, emotionally, or spiritually.” The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is also accessible to persons with disabilities.

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