“Although we think of restoration as a science, it’s also about creativity. Prairie restoration begins with a vision. The dream of how the land might be healed, imagined in the mind of a steward or site manager.” So writes author Cindy Crosby in Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit.
On Tuesday, June 14, prairie restoration—and the use of creativity and imagination in the process—will be the focus of a field trip hosted by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network. Titled “If You Listen Carefully, It Sounds Like Love,” the event, its website says, will be “a celebration of beauty in the sounds of nine Ohio prairie seeds”—including wild bergamot, big bluestem, little bluestem, dogbane, and milkweed—“and the steps we can take as a bioregional community to help them thrive again.”
So, there’s a wildflower in Ohio named for its “resemblance to apair of upside-down pantaloons.” See it and more in “The Splendors of Spring—Part 2” (lots of great photos) by CFAES’ Carrie Brownon Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine. (Photo: Said pantaloon-resembling wildflower, Getty Images.)