The Heath Fair gave me a unique experience this year. In addition to enjoying all the other delights and events, I got to meet and talk to other gardeners who asked me to sign my book, The Roses at the End of the Road, when they bought it. This was a thrill for me. The book my family and I had been working on all summer was finally in our hands – and on sale.
Of course, The Roses at the End of the Road has been my project for much more than a few months of summer. The idea of writing a book has been percolating for a long time, but the question was how to focus it. I have no qualifications or interest in writing a how-to book. I saw no benefit to trying to collect The Best of 30 Years of Garden Columns. Nix that. Finally the obvious subject revealed itself, the hardy roses that I have been tending for 30 years. The subject is not how to grow them, but how I have grown in the company of the roses, with my family and among fascinating neighbors. My chickens play a part, a very small part. Please note – I have had chickens for 30 years — before they were chick. I mean chic!
I will be signing books again on Saturday, August 27 at World Eye Books between 11 am – 1 pm. Actually, my husband Henry who did the wonderful drawings will be with me, adding his signature. Two for the price of one. I am looking forward to meeting more rose lovers, lovers of country living, and hearing their stories.