By: Chloe Williams
Today our interns here at Sol have helped us revamp the garden for Dia de los Muertos by planting Flor de Cempasuchil and Agave. We started by digging up the old garden and bagging up the old plants so we could move them to the back. From there, Mari of Spanglish Arte worked her magic, planning the garden’s layout to make it pretty. We followed her plan and the results were wonderful. Behind a barrier of Flor de Cempasuchil sits several Agave plants ready for use.
Flor de Cempasuchil are also known as Flor de Muertos, the flower of the dead. This flower is used every year on the second of November to honor those who have passed.
Agave is known as the goddess of medicine in many cultures. Agave nectar is used quite often as a sweetener, but can also be used to heal wounds. Agave needles were used in Latin America. The use of fermented agave juice dates back to 200 A.D. Agave is also known to be useful in the wild, when one is in need of a needle for sewing.
Come see our garden and take our classes for Dia de los Muertos! Pop-up Art Labs: Saturdays 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m FREE at The Sacramento History Museum.
October 5th: Papel Picado and Paper Flowers
October 12th: Decorate Calaveras (Skulls)
October 19th: Mini Alters
November 1st: Dia de los Muertos Celebration, 6:00 p.m to 12:00 a.m