Landscape (UK) - - In The Home -

March day, friends Emily and Rachel ven­ture out­side in search of trea­sures to col­lect as the gar­den and woodlands re­veal their spring bounty. They have fun gath­er­ing items in­clud­ing the first catkins, pine cones, sunny blooms, seed­heads and pieces of bark, to ar­range in a home-made na­ture tray. The dis­play box is made from a wooden seed tray, di­vided into sec­tions us­ing strong twigs cut to fit in­side. This al­lows the girls to ex­am­ine their finds and presents an ideal way to learn the names of trees and plants and study their in­tri­cate de­tail. The col­lec­tion can also pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for sim­ple artwork and be used to make sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tions. Care should be taken not to re­move any­thing to the detri­ment of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and adult su­per­vi­sion may be needed when han­dling any sharp items.

“It may in­deed be fan­tasy when I Es­say to draw from all cre­ated things Deep, heart­felt, in­ward joy that closely clings; And trace in leaves and flow­ers that round me lie” Sa­muel Tay­lor Co­leridge, ‘To Na­ture’

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Flora Press/Michelle Garrett

The tray is di­vided into six sec­tions with one larger and two shorter sticks. Each sec­tion is home to a tiny still life ar­range­ment.

Lamb’s tail-like catkins and cheery nar­cis­sus are car­ried to the tray in a bas­ket.

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