Campus Gardens

gardens-006.jpgOne of my favorite things to do at the Cultural Center is walk through the gardens. Not only are they a beautiful sight to see, they hold significant meaning to Chickasaw culture. If you look closely, you will see informational garden markers identifying plants used by Chickasaws. The Garden marker lists the plant name, its natural habitats and traditional uses.

Right now the gardens are in full bloom, I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos!

gardens-051.jpggardens-015.jpggardens-022.jpgThe Oakleaf Hydrangea (pictured below) is native to our homelands in Mississippi. The bark of the hydrangea was used to ease muscle sprains and burns. 

gardens-093.jpggardens-067.jpggardens-128.jpgThe Service Berry is native to Oklahoma and Mississippi. The fruit of the Service Berry was used for many ailments, including eyes, ears, heart, stomach and teeth.

gardens-082.jpgHave you ever noticed the three Slash Pine trees standing proud in front of the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center? 

gardens-139.jpgThese beautiful trees are native to Oklahoma and Mississippi. Our ancestors used pine resin to treat rheumatism (muscle and joint pain) because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

On your next visit, take a moment to observe our lush gardens and learn about their significance in Chickasaw history and culture.

For more information about campus grounds, visit the "Campus Grounds" page on our website.

Until next time,
-Brittney