The Ways & Means Committee extends a huge thank you to Paula Francese, who gave away some of an extensive collection of gardening and cook books in exchange for donations to EAGC. Her generosity added $215 to our our treasury. Participating members went home last Saturday with some wonderful books – many of which will surely inspire even more delicious food at our meetings.
Garden Club members who remember the wonderful Margery Heffron, who died all too soon in 2011, will be pleased to know that her biography of Louisa Catherine Adams, that she worked on for more than 30 years, has been published by Yale University Press. It has been greeted by glowing reviews in the New Yorker and in the both the daily and the Sunday New York Times, where it landed a spot on the coveted front page. A review in the New York Review of Books is due out soon. It is exceedingly rare and a great honor for a book by an unknown author and an “independent scholar” to receive this kind of attention.
On Tuesday, June 3, at 7 PM the Water Street Bookstore is hosting an event celebrating Margery’s achievement, “Two Admirable Women: Louisa Catherine Adams and her Biographer, the late Margery Heffron, Exeter Resident.”
Becky M. sent us this link to an interesting interview with Michael Balick, an ethnobotanist and Vice President for Botanical Science at The New York Botanical Garden. He is the author of Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants.
The book looks like a winner to me. You will find that chocolate is an Herb!
By the way, the website that this article is on is excellent. I just read about reverting plants and how hostas are developed. The pictures are georgious too. You can find this link in the “Garden Tips” section of the “Other Interesting Sites” Menu item. Just click on this entry: “Margaret Roach’s A Way To Garden”.
EAGC will be co-sponsoring a talk and book signing by Thomas Mickey, a writer from Rye, on his new book America’s Romance with the English Garden that came out in May. This event will take place at the Water Street Book Store in Exeter on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00.
Our Historian, Rhonda has been digging though mountains of dusty files, notebooks and boxes tying to research the beginning of our club. The hard to find answer to exactly when our club started is proving a tad illusive. So far the oldest document that has been found is the proposed constitution that was voted upon at a regular meeting of the Exeter Garden Club in 1935. The proposed dues were to be $1 for active members. Guests were allowed in for 25¢. One of the earliest meetings featured a lecture on dish gardening.