The large murals on the walls around you in the Garden Court illustrate the importance of plants that have strongly impacted global development and culture.
Scientists estimate that there are about 400,000 species of plants. Of these, about 20,000 are edible for people, but fewer than 30 species provide 95 percent of our calories.
The six plants portrayed in these murals are staples of human culture that have been cultivated for thousands of years. See if you can find citrus groves, cocoa plantations, and fields of cultivated tea, cotton, corn, and rice.