The Cherokee Nation Heirloom Garden and Native Plant Site was initially created to preserve Cherokee heirloom seeds unique to the tribe. After the preservation of heirlooms was underway, it was natural to start adding a variety of culturally important native plants to the site as well. This provides a great opportunity for Cherokees to continue the traditions of our ancestors and elders, as well as educate our youth in Cherokee culture. These plants represent centuries of Cherokee cultural/agricultural history.
With the addition of native plants at the site, many varieties of native flowers and a few species of milkweed have been added to the site. New plants are added every year and the diversity of the garden just continues to grow. There are rock beds throughout the garden displayed in culturally relevant shapes. If you look closely, you may even spot the butterfly.