I love herbs, but I use them more to admire visually than to improve my food, which might be a more appropriate use of herbs.

We have some areas of wilderness in my nieghborhood that seem to be a perfect growing environment for a kind of wild onion. They grow and change quickly – beautiful to watch.

Savory and Wild OnionWild Onion on the right
Both are 5″ x 7″  and are sendable ($14)
Reclaimed wood frames ($12)

Three HerbsL to R: Lemon Grass, Savory, Oregano
all 5″ x 7″ Sendable ($14 ea.)

framed-oregano3Framed Oregano
12″ x 12″ ($75)

Framed TamarindFramed Tamarind
12″ x 12″ ($75)

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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