Berry Go Round is coming to Brainripples

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Garden Strawberry, Genus Fragaria

Host: Brainripples
Deadline: July 28
Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)
Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections
Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email

This July Issue #30 of the Berry Go Round blog carnival visits the Brainripples blog to celebrate all things green and growing (and fruiting).

Berry Go Round is a celebration of the plant world from a botanical perspective. What does that mean? For Berry Go Round, we want to know the juicy details about the plants you share with us – scientific name, growth habits, ecology, even cultural significance.

For Issue #30 (incidentally one of my favorite numbers), I’d like to invite all my garden-blogging, art-blogging, and tree-blogging friends to participate and share a little something extra from their usual backyard blogging fare.

Stretch yourself a little:

1) Pick a plant in your garden, or your local park, or your favorite walk of trail.

2) Look at where the plant is growing, what it’s growing with, and how it looks different right now compared with how it grows during other seasons.

3) Try to find the plant in an identification book, learn a little about its natural history and cultural significance.

4) Share your findings at your blog or website, and send me the link at trees [at] brainripples [dot] com

You don’t have you be a super-smarty-pants scientist to have fun with Berry Go Round. Gather a little info about a plant, and compose it with a song or a poem or a sketch. For example, my haiku for the banana slug:

Ariolimax columbianus poetess
sentences congeal in sticky opalescence
while she explores the shady sweetness

Even parents with kids at home for summer can use this event as a great excuse to get outside and put those kids to work learning about the plants, big and small, which quietly contribute to our lives.

And yes, to those brilliant researchers among us, I want to hear ALL the juiciness from your latest field work, your ongoing data analyses, and your newly identified flora. Tell us all, and with all the detail. I welcome your insights and look forward to sharing your discoveries here at Brainripples.

Now, go forth, and learn much about the plants of the world!

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