Native Plant Society of Texas Spring Symposium

Sitting outside of my studio I can hear my husband, through an open window, explaining March Madness to my 95 year-old mom. It’s a beautiful afternoon, the birds are singing and every once in a while basketball whoops drift out the open window.

The NPSOT Spring Symposium was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. This place is awesome so if you ever get close, you have to visit!

Topics this year included Rainscaping, Plants of the Chihuahua Desert, The Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, Perspective on Native Seeds and Fireflies of Texas. My absolute favorite was the Perspective on Native Seeds. Each of us has a responsibility to create little spots of pureness in our environment.

It doesn't matter where we live. Plant native and let nature take over. Check out the Native American Seed company. A family owned business, these guys really care. If you live in or near Texas, check out their native wildflower seed blends: Apache Plateau, Comanche and Caddo.

Mexican bark paper at Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is featuring a collection of bark samples from Mexican paper making villages from the 1930s. This area in Mexico is known for bark paper made from a unique species of ficus.

These samples were collected by historian Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen, most likely while he was doing research for his book on Aztec and Mayan paper makers in the late 1930's and early 1940's. 

Read about the collection on the Artifact of the Month page at Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking .

If you are a fan of handmade paper and the book arts and are near Cleveland, Ohio, take advantage of the opportunity to visit The Morgan Conservatory. The Morgan is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated  to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing. Support the paper arts by visiting The Morgan Conservatory.

Learn about the Morgan at: MorganConservatory.org