Category: Native Plants

Humble Plants: Their Secrets

Art and science often cross paths. I recently uncovered a TED talk given by the president of an African country in which she shows how art, science, culture and health are intertwined. The talk is given by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, biodiversity scientist … Continue reading

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The Band of Hills Known as the Flint Hills

Native tallgrasses have always thrived in the Flint Hills. The rocky terrain has prevented plant based farming, so native plants (at least those not displaced by invasives like Bush Honeysuckle) have perpetuated through centuries of droughts, floods, wildfires and controlled … Continue reading

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The Tallgrass Prairie

The cold wind in the Flint Hills on a “warm” winter day was brutal. I took a trip to there to collect some winter-dried grasses before the killer part of our 2011 winter set in. I wasn’t ready for the … Continue reading

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Small Native Pieces

I used to think the variety of plant material available to me here in the midwest was sadly limited. I was always planning trips and fantasizing about the exotic plant material I would find. Traveling around a bit is great, … Continue reading

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Multiple Layers

Experimenting with depth and dimension, I recently started using  multiple layers of plant material. 

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Magnolia and Grape Vine Tendrils

Wherever we go in life, we bring with us stories running through our minds and hearts. We might have brief moments of pure experience in the moment,  but those are rare. When I’m looking at plant material, there’s always something … Continue reading

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Papaya

Papaya. It’s native to the Americas and is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. When I visited Negril (Jamaica) a few years ago, I noticed the gorgeous leaves everywhere. I brought a plant press with me and did … Continue reading

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