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Heirloom Seeds Inspiring Art and Creativity in DC and around the County

Authored by Kristen Marrs; Kristen Is A Preschool Teacher By Day, And An Avid Social Media Geek By Night. You Can Find Her First Publication In Chicken Soup For The Soul: Tough Times For Teens. Feel Free To Contact Her At
Wed, Jul 3 2013

In June, a local community Art Gallery displayed a series of works that many might not have considered an artistic medium - seed packets.


The Corcoran Community Gallery at THEARC presented “Art of the Heirloom”, a series of eighty-six pieces of art commissioned by Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Libraryto decorate his heirloom seed packets.  


Each artist was given free reign to interpret their fruit, vegetable or flower in any way they saw fit, resulting in eighty-six pieces of intricate and amazing art.     


The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a fantastic organization that was started in 2004 by Ken, who worked as the Children’s Librarian at Gardinier Library in New York, but turned his side passion into a full time job.


The Washington Post caught up with Ken to speak more about his whimsical exhibit, and you can read the article here: ( )


If you missed the event, you can still view the art and purchase it too. The site is currently selling packets of seeds- all organic, all heirloom, on their website:

( ). Once you plant the seeds, you can frame the art for your very own. Personally, I will be using mine in the kitchen!


If you’d like to learn more about The Seed Library, you can follow Ken on Twitter:@SeedLibrary or you can look them up on Facebook:


Kristen is a preschool teacher by day, and an avid Social Media geek by night.  When she isn't writing about things that interest her, you can find her rooting for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals, or invested in a really good Science Fiction/Fantasy world. You can also find her first publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens. Feel free to contact her at or on Facebook: .

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