Maintained with the help of volunteers, the Museum Garden is an educational space filled with modern and heirloom herbs, flowers, and vegetables. This quiet spot on Cedar Lane is used as a venue for educational programs, workshops, and performances, and is designed to teach visitors about agriculture and the environment on a small scale.
Here, the Accokeek Foundation interprets growing techniques and foodways from Europe, Africa, and North and South America, demonstrating where various crops came from and how they have been grown. The garden’s multiple beds demonstrate various planting and growing methods, from raised beds and trellised vines to a space that mimics the natural flow of a forest. Its hundreds of plant varieties allow visitors to explore the ways in which humans have used plants for food, medicine, textile dyes, and more. And the butterflies, songbirds, and other creatures that are attracted to this space demonstrate how a garden can act as a miniature ecosystem.