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One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York (Community Seed Stations) facilitated the dispersal of native wildflower seeds to residents throughout Buffalo and the surrounding region. The concept centered on the presentation of ten newsstand—or “honor”—boxes donated by The Buffalo News covered in a floral design created by the artist. Each box contained free packets of native wildflower seeds for the public to take and plant in their communities, helping revive our ecosystem with plant-life indigenous to the region and providing valuable food sources for adult Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

A hardy variety of 11 wildflower species were available, provided by the Ontario-based Wildflower Farm, founded in 1988. Wildflower Farm operates a Buffalo-based warehouse and focuses on facilitating low-maintenance native wildflowers, specifically working with and circulating plants that require no watering, no fertilizing, and minimal annual maintenance.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center in West Seneca

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center in West Seneca. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Urban Roots Community Garden Center in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Urban Roots Community Garden Center in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Mattie’s Restaurant in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Mattie’s Restaurant in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Matt Urban Hope Center in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Matt Urban Hope Center in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Broadway Market in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Broadway Market in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo

One of Jenny Kendler's ReWilding New York seed stations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Seed Box Locations

Seed boxes were located around Erie County, with a concentration on Buffalo’s East Side:

ReWilding New York (Community Seed Stations) is one part of a two-fold work by Jenny Kendler that involves the community dispersal of milkweed and native wildflower seeds throughout Western New York. Learn more about the other part, Kendler's Milkweed Dispersal Balloons.

About Jenny Kendler

Jenny Kendler (American, born 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist, and wild forager who lives in Chicago and elsewhere. She is currently the first Artist-in-Residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kendler holds a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (2002) and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006). Visit Jenny Kendler’s Website

Thank You!

Many thanks to the following partners, who made this project possible: The Buffalo NewsFillmore Corridor Neighborhood Coalition, Elizabeth Licata, NRDC, PrintLeader, Mark Snyder, Wildflower Farm, Sean Wrafter of Wrafterbuilt, all of our host locations, and all of the volunteers who helped stuff seed packets.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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