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Potted Plant Distribution by Gremlin

March 23rd, 2008 6:38 PM / Location: 41.884904,-87.71652

INSTRUCTIONS: Acquire a small potted plant. Leave the plant in a store, cafe, or a location of your choosing that has lack of potted plants.

I made this friend, you see. His name is Herbert. Herbert had been living an uneventful life, shoved away behind a flock of seasonal plants and attention grabbing flowers at my local Jewel. But I could tell that he was destined for greater things.

There is a place in Chicago, where plants live the good life, and that's where we were headed.

Now, I can understand why you might be confused at this point. If you've ever been to the Garfield Park Conservatory, you know that they already have a large assortment of plants. However...

If you read the line "plants in a naturalistic setting rather than in groups of pots" you can understand why Herbert was drawn to be there. This room doesn't have a single potted plant!!! Herbert is a fighter for justice. He envisions a world in which potted plants can sit side by side with their more rooted siblings. Where they can share the same sunlight, and air, and learn from one another about other ways of life. He was ready for the challenge, so we just had to find the right spot...

After scouting several potential placement options, including ones that would highlight his presence, Herbert and I decided that the best move for the sake of longevity, would be to allow him to blend with his new friends.

See what a natural fit he is? There's no need to be biased against him simply due to his lifestyle. I mean, sure, he's not a fern - but the fern room is actually not ONLY filled with ferns - but also their allies (no joke! I read it on a sign!).

So I bid farewell to my happy friend. Good luck, sweet Herbert! Be strong!

And for those wondering where Herbert is in relation to the room, he's basically somewhere just slightly to the left of the person in the black coat.

- smaller

This is Herbert

This is Herbert

Driver! Stop this car!

Driver!  Stop this car!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

The reasoning...

The reasoning...

The room itself

The room itself



Natural Fit

Natural Fit

In context

In context

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13 comment(s)

posted by meredithian on March 23rd, 2008 6:51 PM

I hope he lives a long happy life! Probably happier than his eventual demise at Jewel would have been.

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on March 23rd, 2008 9:50 PM

You have done a great service to the community by saving this plant from apartment life, while simultaneously reminding those uppity ferns what plant life outside their precious little conservatory is like!

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posted by The Animus on March 23rd, 2008 10:27 PM

I commend your efforts. After some investigation, it appears you had an accomplice. Get them into the game! (Does retro-collaborating work?)

Good pictures, good idea, good praxis.

To the Animus
posted by Gremlin on March 24th, 2008 12:36 AM appears you had an accomplice. Get them into the game!

Good catch, valid point, and I'm already ahead of you.

Although it was originally just a day at the Conservatory for my (two) accomplices, they were both more than helpful with doing appropriate scouting and general assistance once the loneliness of no longer having Herbert in a Lovely bag with me finally kicked in...

I told them both that they should join up with the shenanigans, and I believe there was much interest... but we shall see what happens from there. And yes, I've no idea about retro-collaborating... good question!

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posted by Adam on March 24th, 2008 5:55 AM

Wow this is a really good start to the game. Welcome and I hope you stay.

There's been a big influx of CG0 members recently! Only to be welcomed.

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posted by Tøm on March 24th, 2008 7:35 AM

I hope Herbert lives a long and eventful life among the ferns of historic Chicago!

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posted by Sparrows Fall on March 24th, 2008 11:47 AM

Uh, I kind of retro-collaborated with Meredithian, which I hope doesn't break any rules...

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posted by Kyle Westwood on March 24th, 2008 5:11 PM

This is a good 1st completion I think we all sense that you will only futher your success in other tasks. Good job.

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posted by rongo rongo on March 24th, 2008 6:59 PM

Indeed, you have rectified a significant lack of potted plants and simultaneously found a great home for Herbert.

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posted by Chance Hale on March 25th, 2008 7:28 PM

Wonderful! Next time I'm there I'll have to see if I can find him to say hello!

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posted by Tankman on September 16th, 2008 12:09 PM

Awesome! I've always thought of Herbert as a good plant name... I wonder why that is.

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posted by Spif on July 12th, 2011 11:24 PM


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posted by Anna Louise on April 5th, 2013 12:35 PM

Excellent! A step for a small plant, but a leap for potted plant justice!