Enter the herbarium’s photo contest
Friends of the Chico State Herbarium calling for entries to third annual Fall Photo Contest
Happenin’ at the herbarium
Linnea Hanson, board member of the Friends of the Chico State Herbarium, sent me a press release recently, announcing some noteworthy upcoming events.
The Friends of the Chico State Herbarium’s third annual Fall Photo Contest is seeking submissions; photos must be of California native plants, in 8-by-10-inch format, both as a hard copy and as a digital file (maximum two entries per participant). First prize is $100 (or a free herbarium workshop); second prize, $50 and an herbarium T-shirt; and third, $25 and a T-shirt. Photos will be displayed on Nov. 2 at the Herbarium Annual Meeting.
Bring entries (plus $10 entry fee) to the Gateway Science Museum ticket office, or mail them to: 2013 Plant Photo Contest, Chico State Herbarium, CSU Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0515. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org to send digital file. Maximum of two entries per participant; all entries must be received by Oct. 25.
And, the herbarium’s Designing a Pollinator Garden workshop—hosted by John Whittlesey and Adrienne Edwards—will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Chico State’s Holt Hall, room 129.
“Learn how to design a garden to encourage native pollinators by using plants that provide overlapping nectar, pollen and larval food sources, providing pollinator nesting habitat, and eliminating the use of pesticides that kill non-target pollinators,” the press release said.
More postcard goodness
I realize I cannot include all of the wonderful recycled-material postcards I received in response to my Aug. 8 column, but I just want to mention a few more.
“Oh, I love the challenge of yours—make & send a postcard!” wrote Lee Anna, on the back of a bright-yellow postcard featuring a recycled-greeting-card photo of a yellow duckling on the front (pictured). “I, too, want to save the postcard—a small, friendly slice of homemade life. I think of it as everyday art.”
“Oh, Miss Christine! What a lovely idea—make my own postcards!” wrote Lori, on the back of a handmade card featuring a black-and-white picture of a harried-looking woman (pictured) she claims “is me a couple of years ago in a family mystery play written by a family member, produced at the family farm in Cohocton, New York.”
“Thanks for the great idea,” wrote Jamie Musser on the back of a recycled Avenue 9 Gallery postcard onto which she glued (with furniture glue) the back of a used envelope on which to write. It just so happens that I wrote about Musser’s local thrift shop on East Ninth Avenue—Lovene’s Clothing & Collectables—in December of last year (see “Thrift-shop grande dame,” Dec. 13, 2012).
“Have been saving gallery announcements and greeting cards too great to just toss into the recycling bin for ages and ages,” she continued. “Now I can begin decluttering. First, rather than [using] a jug of furniture glue, [I will] get something more suitable.”
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago. —Erma Bombeck