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The Global Garden

The Global Garden is a new living exhibit in the historic area. Thanks to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Four Rivers Heritage Area, Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and Level Green Landscaping for making this exhibit possible.

Like other major ports in colonial America, cultures from around the world came together here at London Town. British colonists adapted to their new environment by using Native American foods in European dishes, often long after forcing most indigenous people out. Enslaved Africans brought crops and cooking methods from the home they would never see again. Merchants imported goods from around the world, including precious Asian ceramics, fabrics, and foods.


Mid-Atlantic Americans’ familiarity with foods from around the Atlantic world can be seen in paintings by the Peales, the most famous family of artists in the Early Republic. In still lifes by Raphaelle and James Peale, we see how goods and ideas from around the world blended together to contribute to a distinctly American culture.


Living examples of the plants in the paintings will be in this garden during the growing season. Visit again to see them at various stages of their life cycles.

Exhibit Opening: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 10:30am

Join us for a ribbon cutting for the new exhibit, The Global Garden. Explore the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments inspired by the paintings, garden, and foodways of the colonial Chesapeake.

Enjoy tastes of the following historic recipes made from plants such as those found in the exhibit:

  • Beet Pancakes with Maple, Walnut, and Sage Topping

  • Succotash with Pita or Yam Chips

  • Bread and Butter Pickles

  • Herbed Lemonade

  • Apple Juice Shrub

Free to attend but RSVP required. 

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