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IMAGES (opposite page) Whitney Arostegui, (book) Chronicle Books, (garden rocker) Vertex, (film) IMDb

CHILDREN’S BOOK

A Seed Is Sleepy Youth and Family Programs Coordinator Rosalie Kelley said this book’s cover grabbed her attention immediately. She likes that it illustrates the seed pods of well-known Texas natives — such as mountain laurels — as well as the seed-bearing parts of lesser-known devil’s claw and Texas barberry. Written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, it also includes intriguing facts and bits of history. “This is truly not just a picture book,” says Kelley. “It’s an informative glimpse at the elaborate, multifaceted and remarkable evolution of seeds for children and adults.”

GARDENING TOOL

Garden Rocker Horticulturist Leslie Uppinghouse says she finds herself using one of these little barbell-shaped chairs more and more as she tends to plants in Wildflower Center gardens. “It helps me keep my back straight,” she says, “and it also has a smaller footprint than the kneelers” — meaning it leaves less of a mark than a foam pad (Uppinghouse calls the rocker’s remnant more of a “butt print”). Another plus is that the rocking motion helps gardeners lean (and therefore reach) farther without having to move their base.

FILM

Can You Dig This “He was arrested for planting a carrot!” That’s how Director of Programs Tanya Zastrow begins talking about Ron Finley, the self-proclaimed “Gangsta Gardener.” Finley has described his neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles as “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by,” but his inventive parkway gardens and community leadership have shifted the landscape from a concrete urban food desert to one filled with healthy, available produce grown locally. The film “Can You Dig This” documents Finley’s work and the ways in which he’s inspired others to improve their lives through gardening. Zastrow says she was struck by Finley’s passion and determination to make a difference, not only in his own life but for those around him.

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Profile for Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wildflower Magazine 2019 | Volume 36, No. 1  

Flower-dwelling predators, love letters to native plants, how to bring nature play home, discovering a rare morning-glory, remembering an in...

Wildflower Magazine 2019 | Volume 36, No. 1  

Flower-dwelling predators, love letters to native plants, how to bring nature play home, discovering a rare morning-glory, remembering an in...

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