Ercilia Rodriguez

Like the Lantana

Poem by Gwendolyn Zepeda


You thrive in the heat. You emerge from flat cement, grow above your obstacles, stand vibrant.
With fruits as rich and dark as oil, you call to the songbirds. Call down the butterflies with blooms combining all your colors.
You flourish in unexpected places, catch my eye and make me smile. The clouds can’t dim you; the storms don’t tear you down.
Like the lantana, you burst through the borders, outshining others with your strength and simple beauty. I call it a favorite flower; I call you beloved home.

Sound Experience

We showed each of the garden members what the sound of plants is as synthesized by a midi sprout, in the hopes that they will connect with the internal life of the plants. Even though we see them stagnant, plants are alive, always moving, always singing, always running with water inside, and music is a great gentle reminder. This sound was created by Midi Sprout.