Announcing our Fresh New PNPS Logo: Conveying Symbiosis with Style!
We’ve hit the refresh button and updated our logo! In order to better communicate our purpose and recharge our outreach efforts, our new logo more effectively conveys the connection between native plants and wildlife in a Pennsylvania context, in one elegant graphic.
A picture tells a thousand words, but how do you best impart those words simply, cleanly, and attractively? PNPS turned to the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Graphic Design to help us develop a fresh logo that could communicate the essence of our organization: advocating the conservation and use of native plants and, crucially, the understanding that native plants support wildlife, while identifying as a Pennsylvania organization.
Huiwon Lim, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Penn State, with an MFA in Graphic Design and MA in Environmental Graphic Design, generously offered his services and those of his student team (Sarah Bodnar, Samantha Chung, Grace Southern, and Lucas Sterrett) to work with us to create a brand-new and improved design, pro bono.
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What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
Pussy willow - Yes, there is a native pussy willow! Those fuzzy little catkins are one of the first harbingers of spring. Blooming in early to mid-March, the pussy willow (Salix discolor) provides early season nectar for pollinators. A week of warm weather in March will have little white buds showing along the branches. Pussy willow is dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants. The male plants have larger, showier catkins that develop yellow pollen as the catkins mature. You will be surprised at the number of bees and native pollinators that flock to the bush. It is also a larval host for Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies. Some birds, such as hummingbirds, actually use the “fuzz” to line their nests.
Pussy willows are easy to propagate - a cutting, placed in damp soil, or even water, will root easily. Pussy willow works well in rain gardens or damp areas in your yard as it grows deep taproots that up a lot of water, but is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. The bush should be cut back heavily every few years to encourage lots of vigorous new growth. See article from Penn State Extension.
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Article courtesy of Diane Albright - photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
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