This is a special edition of my biannual newsletter. In this issue, instead of my usual focus on a noteworthy vegetable, I'm paying homage to an old friend in the herb world. I send out with this my prayers that each body and soul amongst us be well-nourished. Wishing you all happy holy holidays.
This ancient and distinguished herb is a fitting companion as we approach the winter holidays. It comes to us surrounded by centuries of folk lore, and its piney scent and evergreen leaves offer us both culinary and medicinal gifts. 

Winter: Rosemary
by Elia Woods, 2005
Photo transfer, silk,
hand dyed cotton

Rosemary's reputation for strengthening the memory has made it a symbol of fidelity in love, prompting its use at both weddings and funerals. In ancient Greece, students wore rosemary garlands to improve their memory. Spanish legend has it that Mary draped her cloak over a rosemary bush on the Holy Family's flight to Egypt, thus turning its flowers from white to blue. It was burned in hospitals in medieval England for its antiseptic qualities. The tea is recommended for colds and indigestion, and the quinones present in rosemary inhibit carcinogens.  

Its flavor is irreplaceable in breads, stuffing, soup, tea, herb butter, potatoes and egg dishes. Rosemary sprigs make perfect skewers for grilling vegetables, and the edible flowers are a lovely touch in green salads.

Rosemary plants generally grow about 3 feet high and bushy, and the evergreen leaves are a welcome addition to the winter landscape. Most varieties are hardy to 15 degrees, with a few varieties hardy to minus 10 degrees. Rosemary thrives in a light, rather dry soil, in a sheltered location with good drainage. It is drought tolerant and sun loving.  

Small plants can be potted and kept indoors during the winter, "if for no other reason," to quote The Harrowsmith Salad Garden, "than the pleasure of rubbing your hand over the needles as you walk through the kitchen, releasing essence of rosemary into the air. It is an antidote to weariness with the world."

rose'mary, n. [L. rosmarinus; ros, dew and marinus, sea.] a verticillate plant, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, with clusters of small, light-blue flowers and leaves that yield a fragrant essential oil, used in making perfumes, in cooking, etc. Rosemary is conventionally a symbol of remembrance and constancy.



             Issue # 7 - December 2005

Exhibits & Classes

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Pop-Up Cards with a Heart:
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-4pm Learn the techniques for making pop-up cards while creating a stack of unique cards for Valentines Day. $20 museum members, $25 non-members.

Photo Transfer Workshop: Stretched, Draped and Folded Photos Sat., April 29, 10am-4pm. Explore the heat transfer method on cloth, experimenting with form, movement and translucency. $40 members, $50
non-members. Call 236-3100 x213 or  to enroll for either class.

Photo Transfer Workshop at Artsplace Ponca City
Sat., Jan. 21,10am-3pm, $25. Call (580) 762-1930 or

City Arts Center on the Fairgrounds
My adult weaving classes resume Jan. 10. Tuesdays, 7-9pm or Thursdays, 10am to noon, $104 includes supplies. Call 951-0000 to enroll.

City Arts Invitational '06, Jan. 20 - Feb. 25. I'll have a collection of  my latest hand dyed and handwoven wearables.

"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength." Rachel Carson

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