Earlier this summer, Virginia Rowan organized a band of NOTG PropaGators who spent a morning in the Edible Schoolyard at Samuel Green Charter School in uptown New Orleans. The group weeded and planted beds and did a great job cleaning out the wetlands pond, finding tadpoles galore.
Members of the Art Committee gathered at Katie Rafferty’s studio recently to paint butterflies for the Edible Schoolyard butterfly garden at Arthur Ashe Charter School. Stay tuned for pictures of the butterflies in their new garden home this spring!
Native Flora of Louisiana, featuring the beautiful botanical illustrations of Margaret Stones, is now on display in the Garden Library. Many thanks to Ruthie Frierson, who donated the folio-style book and invited Margaret Stones’s collaborator, Lowell Urbatsch, to sign the Garden Library’s copy.
Per LSU Press: Praised as one of the most accomplished botanical artists of the twentieth century, Margaret Stones established a new standard for botanical illustration during her long career. In 1975, Louisiana State University chancellor Paul W. Murrill commissioned Stones to create a series of drawings of native Louisiana plants and described the outcome of that project as “a modern-day equivalent of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.” Decades after their completion, Stones’s drawings remain on display in museums and serve as an exceptional resource.
Drawn only from fresh plants gathered under the guidance of LSU professor Lowell Urbatsch, Stones’s detailed and captivating depictions remain a lasting and unprecedented study of the state’s natural beauty.
This folio edition offers a complete collection of Stones’s Louisiana illustrations on archival, acid-free paper. Paired with botanical descriptions by Urbatsch, these exceptional museum-quality reproductions of the artist’s watercolors provide intimate access to the precision and delicacy that define Stones’s mastery.
Catherine and Karin visited the Edible Schoolyard at Samuel Green Charter School and enjoyed lunch in the annual Green Café pop-up with delicious food planned, prepared, and served by Green students.
Everything looked great in the garden and on the plate!
Excerpted from the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans website
This year, Langston Hughes Academy’s Dreamkeeper Garden has a new garden shed; students are excited about their responsibilities of collecting tools from, and returning their tools back into the shed. In addition, the fencing for the animal area has gotten an update. Not only does this mean Donkey the goat can’t escape, but more importantly, the goat and pig area is now wheelchair accessible for our students!
Thank you to the New Orleans Town Gardeners and the Fair Grounds Race Course for making these improvements possible!