Saturday, April 26, 2008

Saving Rare Plant Species

This image from Tucson Botanical Garden connects to an interesting plant story I heard this morning on our NPR station (yes, I listen to NPR, although it has generally become too corporate for me and yes, I do eat meat, mostly rare).

The program, Living On Earth (broadcast locally way too early on Sat. so that most people are not awake enough to hear it while "Market Place" plays during very prominent time slots) played a rebroadcast and update of interviews with Diana Beresford Kroger. She is a gardener & botanist (with large knowledge of medicinal plants) in Ontario, Canada who made heroic efforts to save some rare tree species during an ice storm ten years ago. Check out LOE's website and click on the story, "Ice Lady Commeth" (linking to that title, I will now probably get more porn comments on this blog, ugh!). I was especially intrigued to hear her comments on reforesting given my work with Earthways and AFOPADI in Guatemala. Earthways website is being updated as we speak (figuratively) and I will post URL as soon as new text and 2008 Annual Report are updated.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Aesculus pavia

Like an Edward Gorey ballerina, its foliage emerges with an awkward, but compelling grace. This small under story tree provides interesting form, hummingbird nectar, zowie bloom (red) and soothing bark.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Nests & Hats

Which is which?

Fab window installation courtesy of Jules, who (along with Suzanne)
runs the amazing Antique Resale Shoppe on Harlem just North of
Touhy in Chicago. A fertile spot for planters, vases and all kinds of
funky objects to add a little kick to your garden if you think outside
the box.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Milwaukee Museum FOTO

Through blinding rain & slushy sleet, up to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the amazing FOTO show. Photographic shades of the past: my dad's mentor was Moholy-Nagy and I am still a Bauhaus baby. To quote from the brochure: it's all about light, shadow and space...which pretty much sums up landscape too.

Couldn't take pics inside the show so an exterior building shot and an interior Eva Hesse will have to do.