Given that half the year in Central Minnesota our landscapes are dormant, if not snow covered, it is interesting how little we think about winter landscapes. Another of the many upsides of using native vegetation is that it enjoys a unique beauty in winter as much as it does in summer. Snow provides the perfect background to highlight the varied shapes, textures and colors of native grasses and wildflowers. White is also the perfect background for highlighting any object of art. Of course winter landscapes are subtle, and require our attention, but once we are sensitized to them, they afford us a beauty all there own.