A garden of 90 plants for the 90 days of winter in the snowy mountains of Central Oregon was created during a month long residency with Caldera Arts. The plants refer to usage in cultures from Traditional Chinese Medicine to Native American food and medicine and more. The plants represented are all related to winter either by their harvest or bloom time or because of properties used to aid in winter ailments.
Studying the spread of plant species reveals historic trade and migrations which have carried the seeds of many culturally significant medicinal plants across the world in patterns which defy the confinement of walls which now reduce the ease of migrations. This installation imagines plants as a metaphor for survival. Whether it is a diaspora being survived or other phenomenon, plants reveal complex histories and speak to the perseverance of many communities.