After Science Garden
A collaborative project with Diane Willow
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Plants are used in science experiments at the University of Minnesota. We rescued plants discarded by scientists after their experiments have completed — including industrial hemp, tobacco, alfalfa (Medicago sativa), mugwort (Artemisia), pigweed (Amaranthus), and ragweed (Ambrosia) — and created a garden in Katherine E. Nash Gallery. LED grow lights were added. Students loved the garden and came to sit with the plants and to draw them. The garden also provided a platform for community members, like Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, Coordinator of the Native American Medicine Gardens, and Reb L Limerick, a young performance artist working on ecosexuality, to create further discussions and artworks.