Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest


What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Untapped Abundance

The urban landscape has become host to "crazy crops," which plant themselves, grow like mad and are ignored by pests and people alike. Few of us consider their potential as a resource.

A super-abundance of invasive weeds often overwhelms parklands, out-competing native vegetation and degrading biological diversity. Land managers often attempt to stem the exotic tide by hiring manual labor to remove the plants, or by using chemicals to thwart the onslaught.

Volunteers are always welcome.

Anyone pulling weeds may find themselves developing an adversarial relationship with the plants, where the weedy aspect of nature becomes warped into a demonized enemy.

But an alternative perspective exists, which regards exotic invasive species as profuse material abundance, the harvest of which helps restore ecological balance.

— Patterson Clark



one weed note

One-Weed Note
printed on English Ivy-vine paper, using a carved ivy-wood block and ivy inks.

5.5" x 5.5"
pH-neutral, acid-free, signed and with an embossed number (endless edition); paper and ink colors may vary slightly from the image pictured at left.

$25 each (plus $5 shipping and handling)


Before harvest

An urban park infested with English Ivy.

After harvesting

A year after harvest.

Text and images © 2009, Patterson Clark; Web design by alienweeds