Wanted: Attractive Plant Markers

Since the TundraGarden is in part a display garden so I can show people examples of tundra plants without having to go on a hike on the tundra, it has had plant markers from the beginning. However, the originals have been by people walking on them when the snow is on the ground (the power meter was installed so the reader has to stand in the garden), and so forth, and the etched copper has somehow failed to resemble the pictures in the catalog, instead becoming ugly AND illegible. I need to get new ones.

If anyone has any suggestions where I can find nice ones that can be ordered by phone or on the Internet, please leave me a comment. Thanks in advance!


3 responses to “Wanted: Attractive Plant Markers

  1. You could consider just laminating the seed packet or some other printed image-tag. I know that you can get color printing and some pretty heavy-duty laminating done (and trimmed!) at Kinko’s for a fairly reasonable price, and you can attach them to the stakes you already have.

    Another alternative, if someone is fairly artistic, is to paint on a piece of glass or plexi and cover it with another piece to protect it.

    And yet another fun project for the crafty — get some of the “shrinky-dink plastic”, trace or free-hand an image, and then bake them in your oven. If you blew up the image from the seed packet to 200%, it should still be reasonably legible after shrinking.

  2. Hi,
    I will be building a Tundra Garden for a tradeshow in a couple of weeks. does any one have any ideas that they can help me with or know of someone who can do this?

    I am located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



  3. Wow, the tough thing would be the plants. A lot of plants from drier Arctic environments are also found in alpine areas, so if there’s some place there that has alpine plants, that might be your best bet. I collect mine and transplant them, but I don’t know of commercial sources.

    In fact, I remember some years ago a group came from a Japanese botanical garden (I think) to collect plants for an exhibition they were having.

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