When: Saturday, September 14
Where: West Broadway & Emerson in North Minneapolis, by Cookie Cart and Juxtaposition Arts
Weather: Sunny and a little overcast; mid-70s
Notable Details: Across the street from an awesome youth dance studio, we had a constant soundtrack and, often, live performances just fifty feet away. We had plant conversations with over 70 people in four hours, and created plant labels for more than 25 different plants. “You sure have opened my eyes to these plants all around us,” one woman said. “Can I write ‘notice nature’ on a sign?” one little girl asked. “How do you spell that, please?” Folks learned that dandelion and lamb’s quarters are edible; learned how to recognize lady’s thumb by its dark green leaf blotch. A dandelion was named “Howie” by a two year old boy. Another little girl insisted on her dad reading aloud every one of the signs at the end of the afternoon, so she could learn all of the plants’ names. In twenty feet of cracked sidewalk, we found more than fifteen species of plants.