What's Blooming at Button Farm?
Heirloom of the Week: Brown Cotton
Maryland was the northern-most state of the southern slaveholding region. Tobacco was the chief cash crop in the 18th century Chesapeake region, though other crops played vital roles too.
Brown Cotton is one of the heirloom crops we grow at Button Farm. While not grown widely in Maryland, it was Montgomery County Quakers who used it in the production of cotton “twist” and other products at their Triadelphia Factory, near Brookeville, Maryland.
Come out and see this remarkable plant in bloom before its flowers disappear, then explore the Museum Garden's QR portal to learn more about the plant called “King” of all crops.