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APPS Festival – WOW!!

Our First Annual APPs Festival was such a success! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to learn about LOUA and pawpaws, buy some native plants, purchase some amazing art, listen to great music, and eat some awesome food. So thanks again to everyone who stopped by to see what we had going on!

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how the turnout would end up. We had placed fliers in most of the households around the Arboretum as well as notices on Facebook and our blog. Scioto Gardens also did a lot of marketing for the event. But it was our first festival, and we (OK, I!) just didn’t know what to expect! But Jeff Frantz was there to lend us a hand, getting us the food truck, the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Associations and donating the pawpaw trees for LOUA to sell. There were the usual hiccups like us getting there and realizing we had no signs to place outside the parking lot – a big huge thank you to Meghan for her help in getting poster board and markers to make signs. Those signs really did a lot to draw attention to the event, although I think my sign waving in the tree lawn also caused many motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to¬† stop in. (And by the way, I was flipped off twice while waving my apparently incendiary sign that read “Plants” or “Food Truck.” What’s up with that?!). And the not so usual hiccup of a gust of wind taking down the tent that LOUA, FLOW, and UCAN was using. Thankfully, no-one was hurt!

I also wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the associations and vendors that came to the APPs Festival:

  • addaPtations (Andrea Gorzitze and Theresa Calip – abgorzitze@yahoo.com)

  • Jordanica Handcrafted Jewelry (Ben Jordon – benjordon@hotmail.com)

  • Nathan Turner, Artist, Sculpture and Portraits (mr.nathant@yahoo.com)

All of these vendors brought such wonderful things to buy and see. And I also want to thank the musicians who came out to play their music:

  • Gyspy Taco

  • Freedom n’ Folk Revival (Elizabeth Bolen – elizabethabolen@yahoo.com)

Until next time! (And next year!)

LOUA APPs Festival :: 9.22.2012

Sorry for the lack of posts. Pete and I were up in Connecticut and Cape Cod, Massachusetts  for a much-needed vacation. We went whale watching in Provincetown, MA (thanks Ellen!), and saw several humpback whales and minke whales. One that only I saw looked like it was out of a Pacific Life commercial, with the humpback whale coming straight out of the water, dropping back down with a huge splash.

The first day at the Cape Cod National Seashore, a storm rolled in, providing us with some amazing photos.

The East Coast was quite a contrast to Ohio as those states haven’t had a drought like we are experiencing. Everything was very verdant and lush there.

But back to our upcoming Pawpaw Festival! Pawpaws are a native tree that produces Ohio’s only temperate tropical fruit. NPR had a story on the tree along with a great video. (Sorry, but I couldn’t embed the video into this blog for love nor money!) I’ve had the fruit raw as well as made into jam as it’s quite popular in Florida. It’s very tasty!

The First Annual LOUA APPs Festival
(that’s APP for: Art, Plants and Pawpaws!)
Featuring local art, native plants and pawpaws
Hosted by LOUA and Scioto Gardens

Saturday, September 22, 9am – 3pm
In the lot across from the Indianola Informal K-8 School
251 Weber Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202

If you are interested in showing your artwork at the festival, please give me a shout out at this blog!

Until next time!

Wait – There’s a Good Honeysuckle?!

This weekend, Pete and I were at one of our favorite places to buy native plants, Scioto Gardens. I really enjoy talking to the owner, Mike, who is so knowledgeable about all the plants in Ohio. I often fear for ever getting Pete to leave, especially when he and Mike start talking about native orchids. Anyway, we were up at Scioto Gardens looking at plants when I heard Pete exclaim, “Mike! What are you doing selling honeysuckle?!” Then, as Mike started to come over to see what all the fuss was about, I heard Pete yell, “Holy cow! There’s a native honeysuckle? I didn’t know there was a native honeysuckle! It looks just like the stuff we are trying to pull out of the ravine! And it smells good, too! We can replace all the non-native honeysuckle with this native stuff! I have to get some of this for my yard! Wait until I tell Mike (McLaughlin) and Jason (Advani) that I planted honeysuckle in my backyard! They won’t believe it! They know I hate honeysuckle!” (If you’ve ever heard Pete talk about native plants, this conversation is very believable…)

Now Pete is always one to extoll the virtues of using native plants. I agree that natives can be beautiful and can better handle the weather conditions in Ohio, including drought. But one of the other benefits of having native plants is the insects that are attracted to these plants, something that my entomologist husband gets excited about. When I can home from work today, Pete was like a little kid, informing me that we had a snout butterfly (Libytheana carinenta) in our yard, something that John Shuey, who studies butterflies, told Pete would never make its way into an urban environment. My first thought was, “How could anyone put the word “snout” in a name for something as beautiful as a butterfly?” (When you look at the picture, you’ll see why that common name was chosen.) Pete thinks that the combination of removing invasive species from Glen Echo along with the newly planted native trees is bringing a greater diversity to our neighborhood.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the American Snout is the only butterfly species that was originally described from Ohio. In other words, the first butterfly of this species ever found was in Ohio, in 1852, by Jared P. Kirkland, a naturalist from Cleveland. The larvae feed on hackberry; this butterfly was feeding on the wild quinine in our yard and seemed quite content to get all of his (or her) nectar from that source.

Until next time.