JR. GREEN GATHERINGS
The Andover Garden Club in collaboration with the Memorial Hall Library
Hudson Valley Seed Coloring Contest
Why do flowers come in so many colors? One theory is that the colors attract pollinators. But insects, including solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, wasps, and flies, don't see color the same way we do. Their compound eyes can detect most of the colors we can - but they also see UV light, invisible to humans. To their eyes, every beautiful bloom is a veritable bullseye, a combination of visible and UV light patterns that guide them toward sustaining nectar, thus continuing the cycle of life.
We were delighted then when coloring book artist Bri Barton, who places color and natural transformation at the heart of her work, agreed to design our Pollinator Petal Patch art pack. A self-described artist, plant-tender, teacher and activist, Bri uses paint, ink, shadows, and light to create art that is collaborative, participatory, and informative, like the pollinator coloring page she created for this seed pack.
In fact, this was the inspiration behind turning the centerfold of our new 2019 catalog into a coloring page contest. Keep reading for our interview with Bri Barton and her musings on art, nature, grief, and the life of a pollinator.