Thanh Nguyen immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1993. Thanh and his family began gardening in 1996 when they moved into their current home in Marietta, Georgia. According to Thanh, he gardens because it relaxes him and he enjoys the fruits it produces. The vegetables grown in the Nguyens' garden are eaten by the family or given away to friends. Thanh gardens in Georgia basically the same way as he did in Vietnam except that he finds it necessary to use more topsoil and fertilizer here. Most of the vegetables and herbs are used to make soups or as an aromatic addition to pho, a Vietnamese rice noodle soup.
Thanh is standing in front of the flag
of the former South Vietnam.
Map of Vietnam.
"In Vietnam, around every house Vietnam[ese] people plant a little bit of flowers, little bit of vegetables, hot peppers, lemongrass, and rau muông. Most Vietnamese around the house plant some vegetables."
Thanh created this rock sculpture in the shape of Vietnam.
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