Native Prairie Cemetery Brings Back Memories

This was a great article about the Rochester Cemetery http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104240302.  It reminded me of my first years in Iowa.  In 1970, I was a Soil Scientist working for the Soil Conservation Service.  Little did I know that I would be mapping the soils of Rochester Cemetery.  I was mesmerized by the diversity of plants and the feeling that I got as I walked over this special place.  Still, I remember eating my bologna and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches over the noon hour and just sitting there being overwhelmed as the spirits of the past meshed with the earth and her special treasures adorning the gravesites.  This is where I learned to sense the vibrations of Iowa native plants and how different the feel was there in that cemetery compared to the feelings I got while traversing acres and acres of corn and soybean fields.

Howard Bright
President
Ion Exchange Native Seed and Plant Nursery 

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