Inspire & Engage
Inspire & Engage
Human life is inextricably linked to the Plant Kingdom – through what we eat, what we wear, and where we live – and we are driven to celebrate and elevate our connection to plants through education, outreach, and public engagement. Explore below to see some of our activities aimed at inspiring and engaging people with the world of plants.
We are proud to support the Chesapeake Foodshed Network’s COEP Action Team – dedicated to growing marginalized communities and building community ownership and resilience as it relates to our regional food system.
Cultivating History: Food, Crops, and Art is a portable loan exhibit tailored to the Virginia Standards of Learning that reveals the untold stories of everyday crops and how the process of sharing, conserving, and documenting plants has continued to shape our human understanding of the natural world.
One way to promote public dialogue is to support cutting edge journalism around threats to the prosperity of the natural world. We have extended this support to Yale Environment 360, an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues.
OSGF seeks to increase recognition of underrepresented voices through our work in the garden and in the volumes in the library. Our first two Google Arts & Culture exhibits celebrate the role women played in the development of botanical art and science. Although critical in the development of modern botany and in providing a rich history of botanical art, the work of these women has often been overlooked.
Joining over 110 institutions around the world, we participated in a project from Google Arts & Culture about inventions and discoveries that have changed history, called Once Upon a Try. As our contribution, we curated two digital exhibits on our GA&C page about the discovery of medicinal plants and the people and plants shaping modern medicine.
We are excited to support an OSGF early career postdoctoral fellow, Josepha Richard, in her research on John Bradby Blake, whose archive is held at the Oak Spring Garden Library and represents a previously unknown, but increasingly significant cross-cultural collaboration at the beginnings of modern botanical science.