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After reading The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, which was a school book assigned for my boys, they asked for another story so I obliged them. We then read Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, also about plants, lupines in particular growing in unlikely places and making the world more beautiful. Paired with that book was one on how dandelions grow which we also proceeded to read. All these readings reminded me of an art installation that I had just read about by Monique Martin. The artist created over a thousand paper dandelions and ‘planted’ them in unlikely places. Her reasoning is to bring brightness and hope to the viewers as well as remind them that like dandelions we too can bloom and grow in hard places.

Context is Everything - Monique Martin (

After our reading we set out to make our own dandelions to remind us we too can bloom in hard times. Ours don't looks nearly as realistic as hers, but we enjoyed the creating.


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