Pollinator gardens are a buzzing splash of color during the summer months. But as fall sets in, things can look a bit … well, weedy.

So Rural Action Environmental Education Director Joe Brehm asked AmeriCorps member Moss Nash to create a few signs for the garden that surrounds the Trimble office. And Moss came up with an idea that keeps the color going all year long.

“I wanted the functionality of the signs to convey ‘pollinator garden,’ but I also wanted to make things fun and exciting,” says Moss, a recent OU grad who started their AmeriCorps term with Rural Action in August. “Art can make things more exciting. The signs could just say pollinator garden, but I thought it would be fun to paint the plants in the garden on the signs.”

The result is a colorful reminder that this is a cultivated wild space in the neighborhood – even if it looks like little more than a bunch of weeds during autumn and winter.

Rural Action will benefit again from Moss’ art background during the Appalachian Green Teachers Conference (AGTC) Oct. 28-29, when they will run a session called “Applying Art within Education.”

“My session will be casual and discussion-based,” Moss says. The session will start with a short observational activity, then follow with a discussion about the value and importance of including art in educational settings. The second half of this session will be an introductory woodblock printing demonstration.

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