The Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary is the newest addition to the Gorman Farm. The sanctuary is a collection of native wildflowers, a gift from the Trosset family. Each wildflower will be dug up from the Trosset location and brought to Gorman Farm.
In April, the farm had an open house to promote the wildflowers. I had the opportunity to volunteer my creativity by sketching each of the flowers that will be brought to the sanctuary.
A little history of the Trosset family... 'Ruth, a research chemist, resigned her position to raise her family and began to document the plant and animal life in the Trosset family’s woods. Stan transplanted wildflowers from vacant lots around the Mill Creek Valley, an activity for which the entire Trosset family developed a passion. As the years passed, the wildflowers flourished. By the early 1990s, Ruth documented over 100 species of spring emphemerals, about 50 species of trees, and 124 species of birds.'
Michael and Carol Trosset are Ruth and Stan's children. They attended the open house, sharing the Trosset family journey and also planted flowers in the garden.
I will be doing a photo story about the flower sanctuary that will last over five years, or even longer. Each year I will document the sanctuary, showing the growth of the flowers through imagery. Below are the photos for year one, not much to see, but compared to the open house, so much has grown!
Read more about the sanctuary http://gormanfarm.org/product/wildflowers/