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Alien Weeds - Art from the Invasive Plant Harvest

Please join Loudoun County Master Gardeners at their monthly lecture series. Our guest speaker is Patterson Clark, an artist and naturalist who writes and illustrates the “Urban Jungle” weekly natural history column for the Washington Post when he is not out pulling invasive weeds in DC area parks with park permission and creating art from his harvest. His invasive weed pulls have an unusual twist: instead of composting or throwing out the weeds, Clark creates paper, pens, ink, artwork and even brushes from his weed crop. He began to experiment with making paper from the fibers of English Ivy, Rose of Sharon and garlic mustard. That led to making inks from white mulberry, honeysuckle and wineberry. His brushes, described as “crude but useful” are made from fibers in the bark of porcelainberry and multiflora rose. Mr. Clark has a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Biology and Art from Hendrix College. His artwork can be viewed at

Event begins at 7:00PM

Presented by: Loudoun County Master Gardeners

Featured Artist(s): Patterson Clark

Categories: Lecture

Event Venue

Rust Library

380 Old Waterford Rd. N.W.
Leesburg, VA 20176

For more information:

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013

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