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Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Native Flora Garden
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Settlers began to study the maple tree closely, just as they have with many other things they’ve witnessed my ancestors doing. As a matter of fact, the settler John Smith, which many of you probably know about, was one of the first to describe the sugar-making process used by Native Americans on maple trees. He noted other interesting maple tree uses, like how Native Americans brewed cough medicine from the tree’s inner bark. We still use this tree in the same manner today. Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants, fights inflammatory diseases, and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Plants of the Earth

Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History, on view through November 7, highlights native plants around Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the ways that Indigenous peoples use and know them. On your self-guided tour, hear Chenae Bullock tell stories passed down to her and describe traditional uses for plants, including medicines that have been used for thousands of years

Look for exhibit signs around the Garden.

A line drawing of garden paths with locator pins for sign locations
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