Poster Image

Milkweed and Sumac


Item#: 2016SYR01

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Milkweed and Sumac

poster information


Milkweed and sumac
maintain the integrity
of August's garden

I've always loved gardens, both those arranged to accent homes, but even more the ones that come each season without our help, like those along the Erie Canal or Onondaga Creek walk. Nature's garden just happens by the wind and the rain and the animals, yet the results are beautiful contrasts such as the purple aster amidst the goldenrod. Sumac is my favorite particularly when its wine red color contrasts the nearby ash colored milkweed pods. Inspired by nature, I've attempted to make my garden in the heart of the city like a woodland scene, and I get much help from the squirrels and sparrows.

This haiku stood out to me above all others because of its visual potential. As I read it the garden imagery appealed to the sun deprived person within. When designing my poster I looked for inspiration and the word “maintain” stuck out in my mind. It inspired the fairies to be the maintenance workers and doubled to art as homage to my childhood.

Over time I switched my method and style of works so that it best reflected the haiku. It led me to discover a new work style that I continue to use now.