Echoes of the Garden

Noble Interest

The Willow

Salix spp., S. babylonica

By Garitzko (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

S. viminalis

By Unukorno (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

S. dicolor

User:Boston [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have always had willows around me wherever I've lived. I played under them as a child and planted them as an adult. I've come to love them but even I admit that while they're beautiful, they're hardly showy. It's surprising how large an impact this plant has had on human lives and how long ago we met. Let's get started. I look forward to getting to know my old friend better.

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About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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