Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
As soon as that issue rolled off the press -- with its ink still damp -- I was asked how with such a compelling issue we could ever do better next time. I was flattered and felt up for the challenge. More than that, I was anxious to take on those stories that are central to the Wildflower Center mission. While 20 years of history had woven an intricate tapestry of expert storytelling in the commemorative issue, there was still so much to say about the Center and the issues surrounding its important work.
I found those issues like the ecological significance of fire ("A Good Burn," page 12) and conservation development ("Living Spaces," page 24) intriguing. Both articles call on the best-known experts in their fields to bring you relevant information of national appeal. With the advent of the Wildflower Center's new butterfly garden, we wanted to share some secrets on how you can have your own butterfly habitat at home. And in that tradition of making Native Plants more user-friendly, we've created some new sections and refined others. "Field Notes," (page 7) delivers news from the Wildflower Center and around the country -- like green-roof landscaping. The new Q&A section (page 6) brings you answers to frequently asked questions about native plants, and "Sowing Seeds" (page 30) features Wildflower Center giving initiatives. I hope you'll like these changes and the entire Winter issue. Right now, I'm already thinking about how we'll do better next time.