I have always loved the wild plants and animals of my homes which have ranged from the Sonaran Desert of the Southwest, to the far northern arctic desert of the Tananna Valley in Alaska's interior. Moving to the Heart-land, and all its mono-crop glory would be difficult I thought. But ah, the diversity of life here, the trees, the insects, the plants to learn are legion. The four season climate is astonishing and wonderful to me. After dabbling in herbal studies for many years I have finally been pushed over the edge. A pull stronger than the need to breath has forced my hand to write queries, seek teachers, submit proposals, and dream of a Botanical Learning Center and retreat. This year we officially became a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. I named it for the most beautiful work of art I have ever known: the huge 4 acre labyrinth my husband mapped out and carved lovingly onto our land to act as a meditation garden. 'Labyrinth Gardens' now offers monthly plant walks and medicine making workshops. Come join us on the first Saturday of each month if you are in the area! I will also be teaching at the Midwest Herbal Conference in Wisconsin this June. What does this have to do with my Mulberry Mudd shop? Well, my inspiration comes from the plants, from the animals, from the wildness that survives and grows here in the farm desert of GMO corn and Monsanto Agribusiness like a dandelion pushing up through the pavement. My herbalist self and my artist self are married to one another, roots and limbs of the same tree. Wild beauty is everywhere if we have the patience to look for it. And lessons abound if we will only spend the time to listen.