“The Biosphere,” as most of us call it, is a highly-oxidized, gray Dodge Aspen, proudly manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation in 1977, and driven by Arboretum Lead Groundskeeper Becky Noth.
Becky isn’t proud of it, but neither is she ashamed. It is what it is and that’s what makes it special. Its condition is the direct result of balancing her love for plants with the reality of working two jobs and taking care of an ill spouse. Combined, they leave her little time to rein in the inevitable chaos that results. It’s a good thing, then, that nature is a big fan of chaos. Diversity, complexity, and a tangled web of intermingling components are at play here, all piled high on the red vinyl upholstery of The Biosphere. This vehicle stands proudly as a monument to what we should all be promoting, or at least thinking about. [Read more…]