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Books In Bloom featured floral arrangements inspired by books

Members of the New Hampton Garden Club designed and created beautiful floral arrangements inspired by some of their favorite books. These colorful arrangements were on display at the Gordon-Nash Library from July 15 - 19, 2014.

Inspired by “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and designed by Anne Marie McCormack
Amy Lyn
Inspired by "The Gold Finch" floral design by Eileen Curran-Kondrad
Amy Lyn

BOOK INSPIRATION #1

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

Harriet Vanger, a descendant of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden disappeared over 40 years ago. Henrik Vanger, her 82-year old uncle hired Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist, to find her. He in turn hires Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year old, pierced and tattooed, genius to help him. Together they search for the missing girl who is presumed dead.

The designer chose a monochromatic design, using only one flower, as the uncle receives a single framed flower each year on his birthday.

DESIGNER: Anne Marie McCormack

MATERIALS USED

Gladiolus leaves, Boxwood, Scotch Broom (Lena), Docwood (Rumex), Pink Astilbe (Saxifragaceae)

BOOK INSPIRATION #2

“Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney

Information from the publisher, Puffin "Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication."

DESIGNER: Sandy Simpson

MATERIALS USED

Brown Eyed Susans: Victorian meaning: Justice
Yarrow: Victorian meaning: Cure for a broken heart
Chickweed: Victorian meaning: I cling to thee
Cinquefoil:Victorian meaning: Beloved daughter

BOOK INSPIRATION #3

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter

Information about the author from publisher, Warne "Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world's best-loved children's authors of all time. From her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published by Frederick Warne in 1902, she went on to create a series of stories based around animal characters including Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten. Her humorous, lively tales and beautiful illustrations have become a natural part of childhood."

DESIGNER: Alice Sperry

MATERIALS USED
Carrot Greens, Beet Greens, Parsley, Pea Pods, String Beans, Radishes, Marguerites, Carrots

BOOK INSPIRATION #4

Frog and Toadby Arnold Lobel

Description from publisher "Celebrate the power of friendship with all four of the beloved Frog and Toad I Can Read stories by Arnold Lobel—now in one volume! This treasury includes the complete art and text from four classics: Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad. Share the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad as they fly a kite, resist the temptation of cookies, and search for a lost button. No matter what kind of situation they find themselves in, one thing is certain: Frog and Toad will always be together. This reading collection is a Level Two I Can Read, geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help."

DESIGNER: Trudy Powers

MATERIALS USED
Lillies, Baby's Breath

BOOK INSPIRATION #5

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales

Description from publisher "There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today."

DESIGNER: Rita Field-Curtis

MATERIALS USED
Mums

BOOK INSPIRATION #6

“What's in the Names of Flowers” by Peter Limburg

DESIGNER: Phyllis Schofield

MATERIALS USED

Orchid

BOOK INSPIRATION #7

The Gold Finchby Donna Tartt

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

DESIGNER: Eileen Curran-Kondrad

MATERIALS USED
Mum, daisies, cactus, alstroemaria

BOOK INSPIRATION #8

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

From “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes this instant New York Times bestseller that tells the story of the remarkable Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, and mother to the House of Tudor.

DESIGNER: Ellie Morrison

MATERIALS USED
Sanseviera (mother-in-law plant), Glads, Poms, Silver Enhancers

BOOK INSPIRATION #9

Mossy by Jan Brett

Description from the publisher "Mossy, an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell, loses her freedom when Dr. Carolina, a biologist, takes her to live in her Edwardian museum. Visitors flock to see Mossy, but it is Dr. Carolina's niece, Tory, who notices how sad Mossy is living in a viewing pavilion. She misses the outdoors and her friend, Scoot."

DESIGNER: Linda Dowal

MATERIALS USED
Moss, Astilbe, Dusty Miller, Fern, Coreopsis

Founded in 1932, the New Hampton Garden Club is one of the oldest garden clubs in New Hampshire. The club meets monthly on the first of every month at the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH. The club's next meeting is on August 5, 2014 and the guest speaker will be discussing invasive species. In addition to monthly meetings, special outings and guest speakers, club members maintain a variety of garden sites around the town. Some of the locations include the Memorial Garden by the bridge, the Town House Monument, Town office and the Library. They also provide a floral display to the library each week. The club's mission is to promote a congenial, caring group which is offered opportunities to develop an understanding of floral design, horticulture, conservation, landscaping and environmental awareness, to work together to beautify our community and to share a love of gardening and nature with all ages from youth through elderly.

The next event the club is putting on will be the plant sale and raffle at New Hampton Old Home Day on August 9, 2014. The raffle is for a New Hampshire basket featuring items that represent and were made in NH. Tickets will be on sale at the Red Cross Blood Drive on August 8, 2014 at the New Hampton Fire Station and at Old Home Day. The winning ticket will be pull at Old Home Day some time between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.