The weed show concept is one that deserves to spread all over the dry West and further. A weed is simply a plant out of place. Weed Show weeds are any dry plant or plant part both native and exotic that is interesting and contributes to an arrangement theme. When thickets of weeds are studied in this context, you’d be surprised at what you find and learn in the process. Peruse the show and its photo history of past entries for great inspiration online at 29palmshistorical.com.
This provides us with a plant-based social expression without growing anything. It demands no more water than what falls from the sky. Here’s an ideal decor idea that really works with white walls which bring out unique earth tones, textures and forms of dry plants. Hikers and walkers will find new interest in keeping an eye out for that special piece of twisted wood or vine.
America, let’s take our inspiration from the original Twentynine Palms Weed Show to bring dried plant arrangements back into our artistic milieu nationwide. The look and feel can be unique to each community and its native plants, which helps to establish a new design vernacular. Above all, it helps get us out of the house in the great fall weather to wander our own open spaces in search of just the right weeds to arrange.
Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at www.MoPlants.com