George Washington Carver Persimmon

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George Washington Carver Persimmon

Parent tree location: Tuskegee, AL

Distance from MOSI to parent tree: 361 miles

 

George Washington Carver pioneered a concept of crop rotation to return needed nutrient to the soil depleted by decades of cotton and tobacco. In the agrarian South following the Civil War, this method of crop rotation drastically increased farm production. Carver also developed industrial applications for the new crops being grown, including over 300 uses for the peanut and extracting pigment from soybeans to replace European textile dyes. Carver was one of the leading African American scientists of his day and served as Agriculture Director at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute for Negroes which was founded by Booker T Washington. The George Washington Carver Persimmon is a seedling from a tree originally grown by George Washington Carver.

 

Did You Know?

George Washington Carver promoted crops such as soybeans and peanuts to replenish nitrogen in farm fields but also worked to find food consumption and industrial uses for these crops. Late in his life, George Washington Carver worked with industrialist Henry Ford and the two men developed a long lasting friendship as they worked on concepts such as plastic made from soybeans and biofuels that could fuel cars. Henry Ford even had an elevator installed at Carver’s laboratory, making it easier for the aging scientist to continue his studies.

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford Shared a Bio-Fuel Vision

 

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Learn More about George Washington Carver and Agriculture in the South

National Park Service: George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver Museum, Dothan, Al

National Park Service: Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Inst, AL

Florida Agricultural Museum, Palm Coast, FL

FAMU: George Washington Carver

 

Florida Agricultural Garden

When George Washington Carver introduced the American South to the idea of crop rotation in the late 1800s, he gave Florida farmers the boost they needed to bring agriculture to the state’s sometimes difficult soils. This garden features some of Florida’s most important agricultural crops along with ornamental perennial peanut as a nod to Dr. Carver’s accomplishments with this crop. Crops vary by season, with the beds lying fallow in the summer, and may include: Strawberries, Blueberries, Tomatoes and Peppers 

Click here for more information on plants in the Florida Agricultural Garden.

Artist Statement: Dee Miller

I have always been fascinated with the world and through my travels I gather images from which I work. Part of my process is the transformation and the integrating of different layers and elements on the same canvas. My art explores the relationship between man and his environment. Taking what has been discarded and reusing to create works of art which focus on the beauty of nature. Inspired by the intricate markings of insects, plants and animals, I focus on each detail, their colors and textures.

 

Re purposing Smithsonian magazines, I create a quilted background. Each strip and square is woven together and sometimes painted over or patterned. Over all of this on the white, an image of nature emerges, my interpretation of the Persimmon Tree. I have included the strawberry, blueberry, peanut, tomato and sugar cane plants which are part of the important agricultural industry in Florida. These were made possible by the rotation of crops which George Washington Carver is known for. The rotation process is illustrated through the white circles which grace the work.This tree was important to me because I was born in Plant City and grew up surrounded by the strawberry plants and its importance to this area.My most current work you can see at www.deeyoumans.com on the home page which features the works entitled “The Science of Beauty” and my ongoing work from the “Oriental Series” which is on the Gallery page.

 

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