In 2000, while in Scotland performing with the world famous Big Nazo Puppets, Demaris Ann Howe was struck by, of all things, the fake shrubs outside her Edinburgh hotel. The seeds were planted when she thought, "What would happen if you made a costume out of this stuff and wore it around?" She returned to Baltimore and placed the winning bid on EBAY for a ton of fake leaves. She started sewing them together and has not stopped since. Many talented and brave people have, over the years, brought their own personal flair to the bushes through cold times, rainy times, and hot times.