Saturday, July 4, 2015

Munanso Botanical Gardens

Here we take you inside our Munanso's botanical gardens.  These gardens have eliminated our need to purchase plants from a Botanica!  One of our long term goals has been adapt out traditional practices to the temperate climate that we find ourselves within.  While many of the traditional plants from the Caribbean also grow here (or close relatives of them do), there are also many excellent plants that are native to here, or flourish here.  We use the herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees.  You also see vines, especially our native fox grape vines climbing the trees.  

Some of the plants seen here, include the native plants: 

Asarum canadensis (Wild Ginger)

Hydrastis canadensis (Golden Seal) (powerful medicinal value) *

Actaea racemosa (Black Cohosh) (powerful medicinal value) *

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair fern)

Heuchera longiflora (Coral Bells)

Meehania cordata 

Tiarella cordifolia

Mondarda didyma 


Dicentra exima

*Indicates plants that are considered rare or endangered.

Plus many others, including, many Hostas, Aconite, Hellebores, Colleus, Mondo grass, Creeping Jenny, Heavenly Bamboo, Clumping Bamboo, Lily, Japanese Ferns, Lady's Mantle, Astilbes, Hardy Geranium, Ligularia, Sweet woodruff, Lemon Balm, Liriope...

Shrubs include: Mountain Laurels, Purple Smoke Bush, Indigo Bush, Black Elderberry, Black berry, Black raspberry, Wine Berry...

Trees include: Sassafras, Walnut, Hickory, Black Cherry, Black Locust, a small Big Leaf Magnolia (which will grow big), Oak, Apple, Yew, Juniper, Witch Hazel, Peach...

Vines include: Fox Grape, Honeysuckle, Poison Ivy, Virginia Creeper...

This list is very partial and does not touch on the many fungi and mosses that also grow here.


  1. Sala Malongo,

    Man, what a great example you're setting, Tata! We should be cultivating and growing. Working the nfinda is the best anti-depressant that exists, haha. Please continue your inspiring work. Made me realize I need much more variety in my own garden!

    1. Tata, we appreciate your comment. And we want to acknowledge that critical to cultivating and growing is the work that you are describing in your writings about the Basimbi 1 and Basimbi 2 on These are the vital relationships that we as Paleros must establish in order to reclaim our relationships with Ntoto (Earth/ Mother Earth). This is our Ancestral legacy and inheritance!