my old catalog

My Old Catalogue

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Catalog produced by Gail Barton and Marc Pastorek, with the help of Richard Lowery. Art by my nephew Jeff Pastorek

In 2006, I was fortunate enough to enlist the talents of Gail Barton, of Meridian, Mississippi, to help me produce a catalog geared to prairie and herbaceous pine understory. It turned out to be quite a task and I certainly didn’t know what I was getting into, but Gail did. She had produced catalogs for her nursery business for years until she and her husband Richard had had their fill, and retired from the nursery biz, back in the day.

Gail and I had been friends and students of botany for many years and had logged many miles hunting and studying prairies in Mississippi. She taught horticulture for twnety five years at Meridian Community College, Meridian, Mississippi. We looked at our “botanizing” as fun, but it was really research mixed a need to learn more about this wonderful botanical association. That’s what put us in the truck, and on the road. It recently paid off with our ever-so-cool year-long prairie-scaping gig, helping on a team organized to develop an authentic, strictly-local-genetic Black Belt Prairie wild-garden at the University of Western Alabama (the Center for the Study of the Black Belt) Gardens. This was reward for all of the ticks and red bugs and other not-so-pleasant encounters we experienced in our studies. We were able to use everything we both had learned over the last fifteen years on the road prairie-grazing, and from deep in our earlier horticultural years, to help build the beginnings of an actual wild-scape prairie exhibit on campus.

Though the catalog we produced is now seven years old, it’s a real solid piece of work, I think, still today. Its one of the best things that I have been involved with in my career. Even though it was geared to marketing individual seed species sales, it covered the overall idea of wildscaping with native herbaceous systems and a bit of the process involved. It is still relevant. It was a one-hit-wonder, fizzling out when I realized that there wasn’t a market for tiny seed packs. I am still working on what is the best way to use this idea and how to best do it.

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a photo of a photo of me and New England Aster by Gail Barton, prairie remnant, Scott Count, Mississippi, 2006 (click on photos to enlarge)

I always welcome comments and corrections from those who browse it. thanks for your interest.

Here it it in its entirety. just click the link below for the pdf file.

meadowmakers catalog, fall of 2006

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click on photo to enlarge

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