Celebrating Black History Month at the Garden
Norfolk Botanical Garden pays homage to its rich history and celebrates Black History Month. The Garden’s roots trace back to a wonderful garden we appreciate today. This historical connection is commemorated annually during the Annual WPA Garden Heritage Celebration, highlighting the resilience and enduring legacy of the Works Progress Administration workers. Through these celebrations, the Garden not only acknowledges its past but strives to foster inclusivity and appreciation for the diverse voices that continue to contribute to its growth and beauty.
FREE Thursdays in February
DIVERSITY GALLERY EXHIBIT
Baker Hall Visitor Center • January & February
The Garden is a space where diverse backgrounds and perspectives converge to celebrate the beauty of nature. The diversity gallery was created to highlight the talented underrepresented minority artists in the Hampton Roads area. Chris Green is one of many local artisans who will display their work in the first-ever diversity gallery in the Baker Hall Visitor Center during the months of January and February. Chris paints the totality of the Black experience from his home studio in Norfolk, VA. Focusing on the struggles, triumphs, and everything in between, Green uses vibrant colors to illustrate African Americans in a beautiful way. He has made significant lifelong contributions to the Hampton Roads area by painting various murals on storefronts as well as showcasing his work in numerous exhibitions, enriching our communities with his captivating art.
Acrylic on canvas by Chris Green
PRIVATE FILM SCREENING: Rhythms of the Land
Saturday, February 24 • 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sponsored by Bank of America
Community Partner: Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Chesapeake – Virginia Alumnae Chapter Rhythms of the Land documentary is a valentine to generations of Black farmers in the United States from the enslavement period to the present. The goal of this documentary is to preserve their stories and honor their
lives and agrarian legacies. In 1920, there were over 920,000 black families farming in the United States, although the majority were sharecroppers and tenant farmers. Today there are just over 48,697, a 95% decrease in 100 years. Black farming families have lost their land and their stories are quickly disappearing.
The PCID Scholarship will be awarded for educational pursuits of underrepresented minority students in green industries or related fields including, but not limited to garden cultivation and management, Environmental Sciences, Botany, Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainability Studies, Agriculture and Landscape.