National Trust for Historic Preservation

Columbia and Victory Gardens

Explore the timeline of Victory Gardens

Did you know that Victory Gardens started in WWI?  In 1918 much of DC federal land was divided into community vegetable gardens and citizens nationwide were encouraged to plant any available plot of land to aid in the war effort.  Over 20 million households planted Victory Gardens (also known as Liberty Gardens or War Gardens).

'Columbia' was a common figure on Liberty Garden posters, personifying the ideals of freedom.

Flag showing WWI poster of Columbia sowing seeds
Text about WWI Victory Gardens
Flag showing Michelle Obama in garden
Text about Victory Gardens today
urban garden with banners flying
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