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Every Garden Has a Story

Door Garden Club members and friends will learn how to tell a garden's story with words, photos, and sketches for descendants, a local historical society, or as part of a memoir when they meet at Write On Door County in Fish Creek September 26.

Gardens come in all different shapes and sizes, and the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Gardens (AAG) collection in Washington, D.C. has them all. The collection offers landscape designers, historians, preservationists, and garden enthusiasts access to over 6,500 documented historic and contemporary gardens and landscapes throughout the U.S. Images in the AAG, which date from the 1890s to the present, showcase all garden design styles as well as garden features such as furniture, ornamentation, sculptures, and garden structures.


Fresh from a visit to the Smithsonian's AAG, Sonja Durkee, the Garden Club of American's Garden History and Design Representative for WI, IL, MN, IA, NE and MO, and a Write On Door County writer will talk about some of the different ways to document a garden and tell a garden's story weaving facts together with personal experiences.


All garden and history lovers are welcome to attend. There will be a short garden club meeting after the program. Sign up is required at doorgardenclub.org as space is limited.


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