Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Who's behind the plants you love?

“The smell of bridal wreath spirea and its spring bounty of white blossoms always takes me back to my childhood days playing under its arching stems along the front of my childhood home. I remember how those branches invited me to grab ahold and pull, gathering up a mini-bouquet in my small hands.  It’s such a visceral and complicated recollection. The mildly offensive, yet familiar smell of Spirea vanhouttii is bittersweet, like the memories I have of the only house my mother, father and I lived in together. The horticulturist in me knows lots of plants for the landscape with greater merit. My inner child still loves to come across it from time to time.”
Graham Herbst, Nebraska Forest Service