The Sonoran Desert Florilegium

artists of the florilegium

Carolyn Hitchcock

While my father was away at war, my mother and I lived with my fraternal grandmother. My world was filled with plants as interesting companions, accepted but not overly studied. My work years were made up of answering emergency lines and police dispatching, and later teaching 7th grade, while running a private no-kill animal shelter.

In retirement I wanted something different and capable of providing eternal learning. Thus began my adventures with the Art Institute and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. A microscope and a plant exposed a whole hidden reality. Currently I am working on the chollas on my property. A simple task I thought. Gleefully wrong!

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Graptopetalum rusbyi Berlandiera lyrata

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