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Native plants in your home garden

Eli S. Suzukovich III (Little Shell Chippewa/Cree) will discuss Native Americans’ use of indigenous plants found in the Chicago area as well as how to create a home prairie garden at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, July 20.

The presentation will focus on some of the plants in the Mitchell Museum’s garden that Native Americans have used for herbal remedies and food, and in making baskets and clothing. These include yucca, lemon balm, mint and milkweed.

Suzukovich, who is the urban ecology coordinator for the American Indian Center of Chicago, will also explain how area residents can research ecological and cultural histories of their home sites. “I’ll offer tips on how you can restore a piece of prairie in your own back yard,” Suzukovich says.

At the American Indian Center, Suzukovich manages the center’s on-site medicinal prairie garden where medicinal, edible and ceremonial plants are grown for use by Native community members.

The event will take place in the Mitchell Museum garden at 2:00 pm. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, contact visitor services at visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org or call (847)475-1030.

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