Friday, May 22, 2015

Additional Authors on Board!

KURT VONNEGUT - Slaughterhouse-Five

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is working to procure some hydrangeas from Vonnegut's house as pictured here, and founder and executive director Julia Whitehead has been extraordinarily encouraging of our project. Thank you, Julia!

EDGAR ALLAN POE - "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "Annabel Lee," "Hop-Frog," "The Tell-Tale Heart" and more

Many thanks to Hal Poe, Chris Semtner, and The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond, Virginia for working with us! We are looking forward to ivy from Poe's mother's grave as well as other plants to be determined, as the house has extensive gardens in honor of Poe.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE  - "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister's Black Veil"

The generous folks at The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts have already set aside lemon balm from Sophia Hawthorne's kitchen garden. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about the lilac bush outside his window in "Buds and Bird-voices" - we will also be receiving a cutting from that bush. In addition, we hope to receive some of the perennials that surround the house. Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Hawthornes both lived there for a time, and Henry David Thoreau planted a vegetable garden there for the newlywed Hawthornes.

We have so much work ahead of us! The WBHS Earth Club is working on a compost pile for the sod we tore out, and we have already received offers of donations of both time and money. Thank you all for your support and generosity of spirit!

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