Thank you for visiting us and for reflecting upon your own plant story–our site depends upon contributions from people like you!
To get started, we recommend that you read a few of the stories on our website to get a sense of the length and style we publish. Any topic about a plant is welcome. We recommend that you first draft and save your story in a word processing platform, and then come to us to paste and upload the text.
Pictures make great additions to your story! Please provide us with any images you’d like to share about your plant or plant story, being sure to let us know if you took the picture or if you found it on the web. (On the “Share Your Story” page, you’ll find a button that will enable you to upload image files.)
In addition to written stories, we also welcome short videos, drawings, poetry, or any other form of expression. We’d especially love to hear from people with plant tattoos–what about this plant or flower was so important to you?
Or maybe your family used a particular plant as food or medicine and you want to interview them about it.
Do you have or take care of a child? If so, perhaps the child could make a drawing to be shared in our Snap Story Garden.
We welcome all these stories and any others.
If you need some help getting started, please look through the following writing prompts.
Some prompts to think about people and plants:
What is the first plant you remember encountering? What was significant about the encounter?
Is there a plant you use for medicine? How did you learn of its use? Do you still use it today?
What is your favorite / most interesting / most terrifying / happiest encounter with a plant?
What is your favorite plant to cook with? Why?
Have you relocated and are you missing a plant?
Have you relocated and found a new plant to love?
Did someone help you to see a new plant, or to see an old plant in a new way?
Some prompts to think about plant life:
What are some challenges the plant faces?
Does it struggle with too little or too much water / sun / shade / insects / other threats?
Where or when does the plant thrive? Spring? Summer? Fall? Shade? Sun? Forest? Garden?
If the plant could share a story of its life, what might that be?
Does the plant change color over time?
Do its leaves or blossoms move to follow the sun / close up at night / climb over rocks / twine around supports or other plants?
Do you think the plant communicates with other plants or insects in its environment? If so, how (color / scent / other)?
Looking back now on this experience with ___ plant, I can see that . . .
What I didn’t know then that I know now is . . .
What I wonder about now regarding this plant is . . .
The Herbaria 3.0 team may edit your story for length or content. By submitting your story on our site, you permit us to edit your story accordingly.