Here's a new story about a project I did at UW Bothell. I installed all the tags in February, so the tags are managing themselves while everyone is away for COVID-19. Cool thing is, people can still learn about plants with no one around if they walk along the Burke-Gilman Trail! Thanks to Audrey Figgins and Jessica Rouske for helping with the online profiles. You can check out the plant profiles from home at:

Artiplant tagcle By Douglas Esser
Walking around the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus, students and visitors will notice some plants have name tags with more than a name. The tagged plants, mostly located near the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, are labeled with QR codes. Through the interactive technology, the plants can now tell their own stories.

See it, read it
A QR code is a square matrix of dots that works with a smartphone like a bar code crossing a checkout counter scanner. Simply pointing a smartphone camera at the QR code opens a browser, and a webpage appears with detailed information. The QR interactivity is built into most iPhones and can be installed with a code reader app on Android phones.

So, when you see a bush on campus and its “red elderberry” tag, just pull out your phone, center the QR code on the camera screen, and a second later you’re reading, “Commonly known as red elderberry, Sambucus racemosa, is widely dispersed in the United States…”  Finish reading the article.