Treewhispers

“Once there was a tree…”
~ Shel Silverstein in The Giving Tree

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Speaking of books and letterpress, the Botanic Garden had some lovely works on display in their library this weekend, tying it back to the Block Museum Exhibit I visited recently.

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I drove there to see Treewhispers, a special exhibit that ends April 8.

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This project, begun by Pamela Paulsrud and the late Marilyn Sward in 2000, addresses the tree stories all of us have.

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The project gathers handmade round pieces of paper on which people write or draw their tree story. These rounds are then strung on strings to be hung into a room as an indoor forest.

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Standing in the room was magical, and I could see a few people passing through connecting with the project.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite books, because it touches on how much a tree can give to us. They are sheltering, they do offer perspective, and I find their life cycle awe-inspiring.

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I’ve got fond memories of various trees and forests. The tree lore of Celts and other cultures fascinates me.

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Do stop by before Treewhispers leaves on Sunday, and share your tree story here.

 If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees. 

~ Hal Borland

 

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