Friday, 30 April 2010
A plant game for the Arnolfini, Bristol.
All plants used in this game were found within several metres of the building – even right up against it. All were recorded on March 29th 2010.
Each plant has 4 cards containing different information. Different ways of reading the plants, translations.
A sentence of response from me. A list of names in different languages. An action.
A layman’s description
A more technical description
Traditional uses. What I would use it for.
Cut up the cards shuffle text side up. Sort out the cards for each plant. Turn over the cards to see if you are right!
Additions to the game: actions:
7 people can do their actions simultaneously by reading their instructions first. They could read their instructions one at a time. Or one person could read aloud the instructions. The plants could be found outside and the actions performed beside them. Or any other way you may devise to play.
The 7 plants are:
Common Chickweed Stellaria media
Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale agg
Groundsel Senico vulgaris
Herb Robert/stinking Bob Geranium robertianum
Petty spurge/stinking milkweed Euphorbia peplus
Sheherd’s purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
I have used various references and my own long collected information. In particular: Reader’s Digest Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Britain; The Wild Flower Key, Francis Rose, Warne; Culpeper’s Complete Herbal; Mrs Grieve’s Modern Herbal
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, the booklet is £6.00 including 2nd postage to UK. It comes perforated for instant use or unperforated (perforated could enable the quick witted to cheat a little at the game...)
see a map and pictures here
see all the text here