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Docent Days 6: Plants and humans

April 15, 2009

Herb Garden, 8:52 a.m., 7 April 2009

Herb Garden, 8:52 a.m., 7 April 2009


about 27° F and lightly snowing.

The Docent Days project has been on, um, hold, since I left my camera in Rochester the last weekend in March. Docent Days 5 is still in the camera. For 6 and 7, I borrowed the point & shoot, with pretty lackluster results. Not sure if the idea of stitching all of the herb garden images together to show a fake time lapse of the seasons will work now, but we’ll see. It’s still good to see that the color is coming back into the view. It was a great session on plants and human cultures.
vangogh-sunflowers2436The speaker, who oversees the Young Flower Garden, spoke at length on just Sunflowers and Peonies, demonstrating how their history has intertwined with humans’ for centuries as we alternately revere them and then suddenly find them dull. Sunflowers, native to N. America, didn’t make it to Europe until the early 1500s. Vincent didn’t care whether it was native or not.
I’m beginning to find myself with stories to tell for this docent thing.

snow or not, they were putting down new mulch in the paths

snow or not, they were putting down new mulch in the paths

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Scilla in the rock garden

Scilla in the rock garden

light snow and fattening Magnolia buds

light snow and fattening Magnolia buds

surprised by Viburnum blooming on the walk back to work

surprised by Viburnum blooming on the walk back to work

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