about plants in power

trail of cedars footbridge
Lori and Bruce Fowler live in Newhalem, WA located in the North Cascades National Park. Lori works as Sr. Gardener for Seattle City Light Hydroelectric Project

why plants in power?

I suppose it could have been the power of plants. (why a light bulb? Simple. I live and work at a Hydroelectric Project!) Plants have been a powerful influence in my life both professionally and personally. I am fascinated by the socioeconomic impact, ethnobotany, wellness and medicinal uses of plants, environmental influences, and the history of plants – basically anything related to horticulture, botany, gardening, propagation, arborculture, permaculture, agriculture….the list goes on…which brings me to the purpose of starting this project. I want to learn more, do more, and share my experiences with like minds.

Blame COVID. It prompted me to take an idea off the back burner and make it part of my life. Early this year I found myself struggling to stay positive and healthy. Not surprising, many of my family, friends and co-workers were in the same boat. We all seem to be struggling with anxiety, a sense of helplessness, and loss of control. Personally, I found this state of mind perplexing since my world had not altered much from pre-COVID times. The growing seasons come and go and living in a rural and somewhat isolated area, the rhythm of our lives was much the same (with the exception of eating in my car more often and difficulty finding a restroom!). So why am I feeling so disconnected? I’m not sure what the creation of plants in power Society for Horticulture and Gardening will do for a stressed out dirt digger, but it seems like a great place to start!

Please join. I hope the exchange of ideas and information will inspire you, mentor your dreams, educate and raise awareness, but most important, sustain you through both good and not so good times.

Lori Ann Fowler, CPH, EPC, ISA CA #PN-8812A TRAQ

North Cascade National Park – Photo by Kevin Shafer

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. This nature beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, through perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as well as the carefully tended rose and lily gardens of the rich, thousands of spacious city parks and botanical gardens, and in our magnificent National parks  – the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc – Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.

John Muir
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