Corn Patch Foiling Mother Nature
The corn patch is in the Cahuilla Indian Ethnobotanical Garden on site at The Living Desert, Palm Desert, California. The brush and branch fence demonstrates the ingenuity of the native Americans in how they kept marauding herbivores out of the corn patch, but if you look closely, you will see the helping hand of the Industrial Revolution, there is chicken wire strung between the fence “walls”. Funny, I didn’t know chicken wire was manufactured in Native American hogans. 😉
I had never come across the term “ethnobotanical garden” before, but it actually does describe something quite interesting. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the re;ationships that exist between humans and plants.