Mithun designs new New Orlean’s Louisiana Children Museum

Louisiana Children’s Museum design team meets and makes hay while the sun shines!

Such an exciting day Monday, for yours truly, since the design team for the eight-acre Louisiana Children’s Museum met at City Park, the new soon-to-be home for the Museum, to see the layout of the building staked out and to discuss at length the details and concerns regarding the building’s placement and assorted other items. Oh! We talked about the landscape and the marsh garden design, too. What fun, and what an honor it is to work as a part of this group!


above, Cristian Runge, Deb Guenther, Ed Morgereth, Vince Sortman, and Julia Bland, discuss the Museum plan near where the sensory garden and freshwater marsh will be

I remember many days spent at the old Children’s Museum with my two young boy, years ago. Many memories made there. Can’t wait to take my grandchildren to the new one. How very exciting!

The folks from Mithun were there, Architects Deb, Rich and Christian. And there were the Biohabitats folks, too, Ed and Vince. There were the representatives from the Museum, Julia and Allison. And Engineer Ryan Flanagan who will guide us all safely along as we go.


We spent time on the site of the Museum and then we were off to Mr. Flanagan’s office for a session on details of the landscape design. we arrived at SEF Consulting Engineers on Bienville street, just outside of the Park with a cool respite from the heat.

After a full day, we were done. But progress was certainly made! Go! Team Mithun!

Heavenly Seed from from a picayune Pitcher Plant Bog

It was so very dry until yesterday, I was able to collect seed in a super-cool flat-woods bog that normally, I would have no chance of getting out of with my tractor and harvester if I went into it. Normally, any other time, if I drove into this site, I would sink to the seat of the tractor, and then call a tow truck, or a friend with a track-hoe to pull me out, ha, but only when it dried out some. Bogs are unforgiving when it comes to weight. But since it was so dry dry for so, so long, I was in high cotton, as the old folks used to say, riding with the wind. I was tooling around, rolling along in one of the most pristine Pitcher Plant bogs just outside the city limits of the city of Picayune, Pearl River County Mississippi ( its for sale, by the way), raking up so much Lady’s Hatpins, the Carrot, Spotted Water Hemlock, the Yellow Pitcher plant, Sartacenia alata, rushes and sedges, with other  seeds; twenty-odd other things. Round and around I went, loading up on precious cargo. It was like re-living one of the funnest days of my life back in 1968, when I was kid, riding on the old Carousel at City Park.


Then, after about thirty minutes, all of a sudden, I saw to the south, a wall of rain racing towards me. I high-tailed it to a nearby canopy I had scoped out earlier, saving the harvest from wetness. Dried seed all day today. Saweet!!!! Mission accomplished, thanks to the Bog Gods.


Hatpins, Blazing Stars, Yellow Buttons, Bog Eryngo, Oh My!!!


Blue Bog Eryngo, Eryngium integrifolia. a sweet little thing, precious to the bees, and to mees.

Tallamy hits homer!

In a video of a talk presented by Entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy, at the University of the Atlantic, he stated some somewhat scary statistics. First, he said that this catchy statement: you don’t have to like wild things but you need them.  Also said we have 65,000 square miles of lawn in the US of A, with 5000 square miles per year coming on line. ick!!  what a heroic guy Doug is.

thanks for sending, Dr. Mac Vidrine!!!

Mandeville garden, kickin’!


Mandeville Conservation area garden at Highway 190 and Causeway approach. A one acre collaboration with Herb Pillar with LDOT, the City of Mandeville, Dufreche-Perkins Landscape Architects and us. This is May 30, 2015, with my bald head glimmering in the sulight


this above, is this past Thursday. It is really coming along with the expected coverage of Bluestem on the ground, about 60 %, from seed in November. Go! Micro-prairies!


Little Bluestem, thick as thieves in Mandeville, just bolting to go into flower


At the Cajun Prairie meeting in Eunice last Saturday, we saw good friends and fifty thousand Kansas Blazing Star, fully blazing!


a small handful were white


found this pink one, too. a new discovery.


Salt Marsh Hibiscus, Sea shore Mallow, Kosteletskya virginica in the garden a few weeks ago


This ones at my pond (dry now) edge at the hacienda in Covington. Rick Webb gave me a ton of these sweethearts last winter and they are now all over the garden. This’ns a white sport-cultivar found in St Tammany Parish by Landscape Architect and master plantsman John Mayronne back in early 1990’s. It is always three weeks behind the pink one so you can spread your flowering range, phenology, a bit time-wise, with these two varieties. This is a superior plant called Immaculate. Find it wholesale at Rick’s locally or mail order it from specialty nurseries like Plant Delights and Niche Gardens in Carolina.


Gail Barton’s awesome wild-collected Brooksville Blue Switch grass, from the Black bBelt region of Miss., in the hacienda garden with my clay sculpture. adios, amigos.


cool! after three years, looks like it’ll finally be published!


and last but not least, a bag of ‘tater chips I bought this week, couldn’t resist!


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