October 2021 Newsletter

Plant: The Seeds of an Environmental STEM Education

Sugar Skulls on Papel Picado

Enjoy ¡Celebramos! with Our Fun and Festive Family Events

¡Celebramos! is underway, and our campus is filled with swirls of color from ballet folklórico dancers and the trumpeting of mariachi bands. Bring your family and share your traditions with the community or learn more about Hispanic culture through art, music, food, dance and flowers.

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Research: From Plant to Planet

Garden: What's in Bloom

Bright orange and yellow marigolds

Celebrate Color and Culture with Marigolds

As FWBG | BRIT begins its ¡Celebramos! events, you might notice one flower taking center stage: marigolds. These brightly colored yellow or orange blooms are closely associated with Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrations in Mexico, Texas and throughout the world on November 1 and 2.

The Mexican or Aztec marigold has been used for centuries in Mexico to represent the fragility of life. Known in the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs as cempasuchil, the flowers are native to Central Mexico and have been cultivated since ancient times.

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Learn: Stay Curious

Painting of Lennox Woods by Deborah Paris

Explore the Power of Place with Landscape Artist Deborah Paris

When artist and author Deborah Paris began making daily visits to Lennox Woods, a pristine old-growth forest in northeast Texas, she noticed something changed in her relationship with the land.

“I formed a connection with the place,” says Paris. “I began to feel like I was a part of the place—I wasn’t just looking at it anymore. The landscape became part of me.”

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Bed of orange marigolds
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