6/29/10 - We recently finished a new garden at the STCC called the "Liq'təd Garden". Liq'təd (pronounced leek'tud) is a Lushootseed word for 'red-colored' or 'painted-red'. The garden recognizes and honors "Steilacoom Red" that came from the sacred spring in Steilacoom that produced a red iron oxide clay that the Steilacoom traded with other Tribes.
The project started with a lot of grass, blackberries, and weeds, but over several days it transformed into a beautiful Homestead-inspired garden that now features oak half-barrels and wood chips donated by the Town of Steilacoom. The lower section of the garden surrounds an existing cement pad and is planted with salal, a native plant popular for its berries that are both tasty and used to dye various materials.
We invite you to visit the new garden on the south side of the STCC and to come back soon and often as the red flowers displayed in the garden will change regularly to reflect the seasons.