Making your world a greener place
With so many new faces around, I thought I would reintroduce myself. My name is Jane and I am the owner of www.livingartusa.shop. I am a crazy plant lady and a lover of all animals. I even had a monkey growing up that I rescued from the front porch of the nature center I worked at. Someone abandoned him there and since we only took took in animals indigenous to the area, he was certainly doomed. My husband and I spent our entire lives in the Illinois area but, now live in a beach town in Gary, Indiana called Miller Beach. We discovered Miller Beach while I was doing research on a book I wrote about the nature center I worked at as a child in Cook County. The naturalist of the nature center, Virginia Moe, dedicated 52 years of her life to caring for the wildlife of Cook County and teaching children to care for animals and our earth. Virginia Moe grew up in a FLW home in Gary and had a beach home in Miller Beach. Moe's family was very involved in saving the Indiana Dunes. The book I wrote "Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe" was published in 2015 by Arcadia Publishing and the History Press. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to young people interested in environmental studies. Five scholarships have been given out so far.
"And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed every morning revealing new miracles." - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Living Art USA was started by Jane Morocco in 2010. Living Art's founder and leader is an accomplished author, environmentalist, philanthropist and community activist. Her vision statement for Living Art USA is based on family values and giving back to the community..."Making the world a greener place".
The following is the story of Living Art by Jane Morocco...
"Growing up in River Forest, Illinois, my family upbringing was never the norm. My mom, known as "Mother Prairie" at the local college was a teacher, botanist and biologist. As a child, my home was always full of pets, wildlife and plants of all varieties. I worked at the local Forest Preserve District of Cook County throughout my teenage years. I learned at an early age the importance of plants and wildlife to our environment.
After college, I went to work for a large plant design and installation company and soon after started my own firm called "The Plant Lady". I started looking at plants as works of art and looked at my life's work as assurance that my actions were not harmful to the environment and community. It seemed like the right thing to do.
I have always been a supporter of sustainability and as our world changed....especially for those of us living and working in smaller urban spaces, I found the need for eco-friendly products and plants that did not require an abundance of space or natural light to grow. Living Art USA was born primarily to educate and make it simple for urban apartment dwellers with children and even pets, to buy and care for indoor plants, but these plants needed very much to fit within their lifestyle and environment.
Living Art USA is all about people connecting with plants. Just like a painting on canvas, we all have a very emotional and personal relationship with our plants. What I try to do is bring to your home an eco-friendly environment which is cleaner, healthier and less stressful for you, your family, friends and pets. Hopefully, Making your world a greener place."
Jane Morocco / CEO
Living Art USA
7640 Oak Ave.
Gary (Miller Beach) IN 46403