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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Have you been searching for a fall blooming flower with vibrant color? Look no further than bold and beautiful New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). This native wildflower often blooms until frost and is a powerful pollinator magnet to boot! The pink or purple flowers with golden centers attract many species of bees and other insects. Since it blooms in the fall, it is also an important source of nectar for migrating monarch butterflies. In addition, Doug Tallamy's research shows that the caterpillars of over 100 species of moths and butterflies, including several species of crescent butterflies, feed on the leaves of asters. And once the flowers have gone to seed, they are eaten by many birds, including cardinals, goldfinches, and towhees.
New England aster is an easy to grow perennial that prefers moist to average soil and full sun to part sun. It can be affected by powdery mildew, especially in humid conditions with poor circulation. This colorful wildflower grows 3-6 feet tall, so it may need staking. The plants can also be pinched back once or twice in early summer for a shorter, bushier plant. New England asters can be propagated by seed or by dividing in the fall every 2 or 3 years. This ensures an abundant supply of purple and yellow blooms to add to your flower beds or to share with friends. The bees, the butterflies, and the birds will thank you!
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
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