The Delta Heritage Garden was created to tell the story of The Mississippi Delta through a living museum of plants. It exhibits plants that were historically grown in the Mississippi Delta Region, featuring a combination of agricultural crops, home garden crops, and ornamental plants typical of Delta gardens and landscapes. The best known definition on the geographical extent of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta has been provided by Delta author, David L. Cohn— “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg, Mississippi.”
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Agricultural and Home Garden Crops
These crops have been planted since the time of plantation agriculture and continue to be planted today. Home garden crops are what you would see in the kitchen gardens of Mississippi Delta people. Not all of the crops pictured will be present in the garden at all times, because crop rotation is a key tenet of sustainable agriculture. Rotating crops each season prevents the build up of pests and diseases and ensures the long-term health of the fertile, but fragile, alluvial Delta soils.
Agricultural Cash Crops
Sugar Cane / Corn / Soybean / Winter Wheat / Sweet Potato / Rice / Cotton / Tobacco / Grain Sorghum-Milo
Home Garden Crops // Subsistence Crops
Turnip / Corn / Okra / Mustard Greens (not to scale) / Cowpeas / Sweet Potato / Collard Greens
The landscape element of the Delta Heritage Garden features ornamental plants commonly found in the leisure gardens and landscapes of both landowners and sharecroppers. We continue to find these plants in Mississippi Delta gardens today.
Dutchman’s Pipe Vine (not to scale) / Confederate Rose (not to scale) / Milk and Wine Lily / Daylily / Petunia / Rose Of Sharon - Althea (not to scale) / Elephant Ear / Celosia (not to scale) / Boxwood / Bald Cypress