Hal Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Well before there was any thought of assembling a Room of Curiosities we had a dining room where I removed the carpet and stenciled the floor using images of ferns from the garden: Maidenhair, Christmas, Royal and Japanese Painted ferns. They always have seemed to me the most beautiful and graceful forms in the kingdom of plants. We walk on them everyday as I long for the woods while we live in the city. Now the floor also acts as the base for a room devoted to the wonders of nature.