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Millicent Harvey: A Boston Transplant Befriends the Smoke Tree

Millicent Harvey: A Boston Transplant Befriends the Smoke Tree

I’ve pondered smoke trees more than most people, but over lunch with Millicent Harvey–a recent transplant from Boston to Palm Springs—I quickly realized I was the novice listening to a teacher far more experienced on the subject. The smoke tree is that silvery plant inhabiting our desert washes. For much of the year it’s dormant and gray. Most people never notice it, or if they do they assume it’s dead wood. Then, once a year, it erupts in reckless beauty with a profusion of indigo blooms. At any time of year, the early desert artists were able to glimpse the…

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