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Kathy

How wonderful. It's such a pleasure when an author/speaker is able to educate and entertain at the same time, bringing to life their subject matter. I have not heard of her before, but will have to look for Founding Gardeners.

Danielle

She is a really good speaker and if her books are anything like her presentation I think I am in for a real treat! I had checked out this book before, so it was pure serendipity that I happened upon the notice just a week or so ago announcing the event. It was a really nice evening--my mom and I went and had dinner before in their little cafe. I need more nights like this one!

cath

That flower arrangement on the table is beautiful. Good to hear you had such a lovely night out.

Danielle

Isn't it gorgeous?! The whole space is always decorated really beautifully. What a lovely place it must be to work in. I also learned two of their new 'employees' are two cats to keep the rodent population (or whatever they are meant to be taking care of) down! I think one of the cats name's is Charleston or Charlie for short--isn't that great? It was a really nice time and my mom enjoyed it very much, too!

Penny

I truly need to read this, Danielle. I'm Conservation and Education chair of our garden club this year and next and, along with co-chair, will be looking for a book to read and hold discussion on. This sounds wonderful. Of course, such books are always more interesting when they are preceded by their authors. What a wonderful event this must have been.

I just finished a non-fiction book you may be interested in. It read more like a novel and is horrifyingly fascinating about the 1888 blizzard in the Dakota territory that killed hundreds, mostly schoolchildren. If memory serves me correctly, you have been interested in Nebraska, and this covers a large swathe of it. The book brings reality to books like Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter.

Penny

I truly need to read this, Danielle. I'm Conservation and Education chair of our garden club this year and next and, along with co-chair, will be looking for a book to read and hold discussion on. This sounds wonderful. Of course, such books are always more interesting when they are preceded by their authors. What a wonderful event this must have been.

I just finished a non-fiction book you may be interested in. It read more like a novel and is horrifyingly fascinating about the 1888 blizzard in the Dakota territory that killed hundreds, mostly schoolchildren. If memory serves me correctly, you have been interested in Nebraska, and this covers a large swathe of it. The book brings reality to books like Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter. "The Children's Blizzard" by David Laskin.

Danielle

Andrea Wulf's books all look really good and interesting! I can't wait to start one (likely the Founding Gardeners)--all the more so since hearing her speak. It was a wonderful event and so well planned and attended. How cool that you are Conservation and Education chair for your garden club. I need to at least join the Lauritzen Gardens and become a member as I plan on visiting it more often this spring and summer! What sorts of activities do you do? I have heard of The Children's Blizzard but I have never looked at it--I am adding it to my wishlist! I need to get back to my Nebraska reading--It is going to be an ongoing project! I love nonfiction books that read like novels! I have lots of good new nonfiction to read right now, but am moving slowly through my current read....

Penny

Oh, do join the Lauritzen Gardens if you can. We are on a much tighter budget these days and have had to give up memberships, except for the Morton Arboretum. It is a balm for the soul all year round and we figure, correctly, that if we use it only once a month it pays for itself. I'm out there at least three times most months.

Our garden club, The Elmhurst Garden Club, has monthly meetings that involve socializing, a meeting, food (always, food), and some sort of presentation or lecture, which includes everything from flower arranging to issues like watersheds, river conservation, pruning, light pollution. We hold a garden walk every summer, which is fabulous, and our fundraiser. Money we raise is then used to fund scholarships. This year, we gave six to young women. Two were return students to local community college, studying horticulture. The others were either college seniors or graduate students in specialized fields of study. They are all amazing women (we have given to men as well) and give me hope for the future. We gave $15,000, which is quite a bit for a gaggle of about 100 women. It is what we do that I'm most proud of. We do give to local endeavors as well, Danielle, but, I've taken up enough space.

I think you will appreciate "The Children's Blizzard". There is a lot of weather related detail, which is interesting, but, I skipped some of it and didn't miss much.

Stefanie

How fun! I am so jealous! I have to locate my copy of Founding Gardeners and get it into my reading pile!

Danielle

That's so cool, Penny. Reading your comment now makes me eager to join Lauritzen. I had planned anyway to spend more time there. I have a list of their upcoming events and there is lots to look forward to. It is also such a lovely place and so calming and anything that involves nature and walking makes me happy. The Socializing and food parts of your events sound like fun--as do those lectures! I'll let you know how it goes with me. And I am looking forward to reading The Children's Blizzard--today it was nearly 80F here (unbelievable--so lovely after such cold weather--but not another repeat performance in the immediate forecast sadly). It made me think I should wait until mid-summer when it is swelteringly hot and I am miserable with the heat and humidity--just think how inviting that snow and cold will be! :)

Danielle

I truly lucked out. I had no idea she was even coming and was looking at their website for something else entirely. I saw the schedule of events and realized that if I wanted to go I need to make reservations no later than the next day! It was a wonderful lecture and I am so looking forward to reading the book. Maybe if we ever manage to finish Balzac we could considering reading it together?

Caroline

A design historian! Now that's a very interesting subject to study.
These gardens look quite wonderful. I like Polynesian art.

Stefanie

That would be great! Good motivation to get going on Balzac again :)

Danielle

Wonderful--let's plan on it--something to look forward to! I am making a concerted effort now to get moving on the Balzac. I am starting part three now--Eugene has just hit his family up for money! If I can read at least 5-10 pages a day I will be happy and should make steady progress through it. How far are you--I think I am still catching up to you.

Danielle

I love those totems--there were more and very cool but this guy was the most fun! I like the sound of design historian, too. She was asked what sort of gardens she likes planting/having, but she admitted to not being much of a gardener--which I thought interesting (and maybe there is hope for me--I can enjoy gardens, read about them and maybe study, but not feel disappointed I am not a good gardener). She said she often tries to grow the plants she is researching.

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