For years I've focused on planting native plants to support our region's pollinators. Every spring and fall I add new host plants for butterfly caterpillars as well as flowers to provide nectar for adult butterflies. Through my art and gardening I hope to educate and inspire suburban home owners to let their lawns go a little wild. Landscape crews that spray poison and use leaf blowers have contributed to the decline of our insect population. But if home owners stopped some of these practices and planted one patch of flowers, maybe, just maybe we could learn some balance and share our gardens with wildlife again.
Homage to Lady Bird
As a native plant gardener, Lady Bird Johnson is a hero to me. She worked to preserve natural beauty not only through legislation but also through her own personal efforts. In 2014 I drove from Washington, D.C. to Austin Texas following the route she regularly took while her husband was in office. Blue bonnet season was in full swing when I got there and I got to visit Lady Bird's lifetime of preservation efforts in her beloved Hill Country.
I'm finishing up my masters in Interaction Design and co-creating a citizen science app with a local school to promote their gardens. We hope to encourage family involvement in our urban landscapes and foster critical thinking through observation and data collection.