Make paper from native plants this Saturday

By Peggy Whetzel

Flyer of upcoming events at McKinley Meadows

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With so much paper and so many books already in the world, you might wonder why anyone would want to make their own paper or create a book from scratch. With an invitation to attend free workshops on papermaking and book making, one answer is to save something you love, or even weeds you’ve conquered, from your garden.

Megan Singleton is an artist and educator who’s been making paper for 12 years. Her workshops will be held at McKinley Meadows, 2257 Missouri Street, St. Louis 63104. The plants will be harvested from the native plant garden that got its start in April with a grant from Wild Ones. Bring a portable chair and a pair of scissors. The rest of the supplies will be provided. Register by emailing

August 22 – PaperMaking with Plants, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August 29 – Book Making Workshop, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring papers to personalize two handmade books; limited to 15 participants.

Our gardens are all too brief here in Missouri. To create paper from favorite plants means that we can save imbedded leaves and fibers in designs that we can admire and that will remind us of the bounty and beauty that was once in our own backyards. Plus, it’s such a cool thing to do.

Two more McKinley Meadows Arts events are planned, one in September and the other, October. Check the flyer for more information.