It’s May and that means it’s time for the Spring Sale  From the Summer’s Garden.

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Ginkgo trees are strange and wonderful and elegant. They’re considered to be a living fossil as the oldest tree species on the planet.

These trees are long-lived, highly resistant to disease, pests, fire, and air pollution. Thriving in harsh city environments where most trees will not survive, the most common tree on Manhattan sidewalks is ginkgo.

Many health benefits have been attributed to the extracts of the Ginkgo plant – the most  well-known is the perceived ability to improve short term memory.

Ginkgo leaf

These small matted Ginkgo pieces are just under 5″ x 7.” They’re folded and stand upright.
$14 ea. plus $1.50 shipping.  I will select your card or you may shop from a selection at my studio gallery north of Parkville. Call      816-584-2625      for an appointment.

More examples of Ginkgo:

Ginkgo 1 lft

Ginkgo 2

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The Kansas City office  of the US Green Building Council organized a work trip  to Greensburg, KS to build two green homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. In August,  2008, I went with about 30 other people on this trip.

It had been a little over a year since the devastating tornadoes of 2007 hit Greensburg. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was not emotionally prepared for what I saw.  Except for about three brand new small prefab structures, everything, everywhere had been destroyed. The trees were noticeably decimated.

I’d seen some of the episodes of Planet Green’s documentary on the rebuilding efforts of the town prior to the visit.  Those episodes showed me people struggling with serious financial problems. They show teens committed to the values of green buildings. They showed some raw emotion. But seeing the town without a cheerleader to tell me it was all going to be okay someday, was not something I was prepared for.

I collected some plant material from former home lots around the Greensburg Greentown building and made the art on this page. They’re selling some at the Greensburg office. You can also buy the ones posted here. Greensburg Greentown gets half the selling price. Call 816-584-2625 to inquire or order:

Misc Greensburg5″ x 7″ matted, folded, sendable in an envelope or free standing  $14

1 – 3.5″ x 8.25″ matted, folded, sendable and free standing $14

Leafy Leaf Greensburg8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $45
This is the one in Laura Sterchi’s photos of the trip

Greensburg Grass8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28

Greensburg Single8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28
Collected from behind Greensburg Greentown

Greensburg Leaf8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28
This is the one in Laura Sterchi’s photos of the trip

Greensburg Native Leaf8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Native Leaf $28

It was a  great day today.

A favorite frond

A favorite frond

It’s a hopeful and virtuous new start as the president elect finally became  president.

It’s a perfect day to start something new. This blog is to tell the stories about the art I’m doing, and maybe something about my business.