Monthly Archives: October 2013

Eerie Tales from The Haunted Garden

From The Haunted Garden's Facebook Page: "Calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire."  Illustration by the great Arthur Rackham in the 1921 Doubleday, Page edition of John Milton's "Comus." See the entire book online at https://openlibrary.org/books/OL14001590M/Comus.

“Calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire.”
Illustration by the great Arthur Rackham in the 1921 Doubleday, Page edition of John Milton’s “Comus.” (Brought here from The Haunted Garden’s Facebook Page.) See the entire book online at https://openlibrary.org/books/OL14001590M/Comus.

Are you up for a Halloween treat?

Yesterday Sheryl Humphrey was a guest on the show that Zora and I were guests on a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic We Dig Plants! We had great fun talking to Carmen and Alice about Greenwoman Magazine and so I was super excited to tune in yesterday and hear Sheryl talk about her amazing book – The Haunted Garden: Death and Transfiguration in the Folklore of Plants.

It was a great show. Fun and informational and perfect for Halloween! I hope you’ll share this listening pleasure (click here to listen) with all your friends for an All Hallow’s Eve gift.

Home of "We Dig Plants" and so many other fabulous programs!

Home of “We Dig Plants” and so many other fabulous programs!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

–Sandra Knauf

P. S. Sheryl’s book on always-intriguing and often-spooky botanical myths and legends is available in her shop on Etsy. You can enjoy her regular posts on plants and art by liking her Facebook Page and learn about her other great talent, fine art painting, HERE.

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Greenwoman Lit. on We Dig Plants!

Home of "We Dig Plants"

Home of “We Dig Plants”

Yesterday Zora and I had the pleasure of hanging out (on the radio!) with the proprietors of Groundworks, Inc. — Carmen DeVito  and  Alice S. Marcus Krieg. These ladies of the soil not only commune daily with the green world but they discuss it on their weekly radio program: We Dig Plants (on HeritageRadioNetwork).

One of DeVito and Krieg's gorgeous installations.

One of DeVito and Krieg’s gorgeous installations.

Carmen and I have been Facebook friends for a few years but I knew little about her on-the-air work. So last week, after we made a date for a show, I dug around. And I immediately became nervous! She and Alice have interviewed editors from Organic Gardening, Horticulture Magazine, Leaf Magazine, and many others who are immersed in the thought, literature, and fashion of gardening.

What an honor it was to be included!

I hope you’ll check out the show. Zora and I shared our experience of what it was like creating and getting the magazine on her feet for the last three years. We spoke about the big challenges and rewards of self-publishing and what it’s been like working together as a mother and daughter team. Zora told about how Zera and the Green Man came to be published, and she even read a passage!

As an important aside – I’d like to invite you to poke around the station’s site and see what they are offering, and perhaps consider becoming a member of the HeritageRadioNetwork. They are doing SO MUCH on the good food/healthy society frontlines.

Here’s the fascinating backstory, taken  from their website:

“HeritageRadioNetwork.org was launched in 2009 by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA and of Heritage Foods USA. The station is built into two re-purposed shipping containers dropped into the back yard of Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn restaurant-the premises of HeritageRadioNetwork.org aptly demonstrate the do-it-yourself philosophy of today. Almost every important figure in the American food revolution has been on the network, from Alice Waters to Michael Pollan. We have recorded and broadcasted over 3,000 shows covering a wide array of topics including food, agriculture, politics, design, art, music and much more.”

After reading this and spending some time with Carmen and Alice yesterday, I knew I had to be a part of this. Maybe you will be too?

–Sandra Knauf

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Green Poetry

Sunflowers

by

Meredith Drake

canstockphoto10672083 (2) sunflower bird

When I return
from the excess of summer,
they are still out there
on their crosses,
bowing their heads
and letting the birds
pluck out their eyes.
O Helianthus,
tell me again how willingly
the earth will hold my feet.
Lend me your restraint
as I learn to remain in place
and show my face to the sun.

Meredith Drake 1 (2)     Meredith Drake worked as a newspaper journalist and as a writer for various universities until she discovered she liked writing poetry and fiction better. She cares for her home and family in a village in western New York. Her favorite flower is currently the nasturtium.

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Now That’s a Cabbage!

Isn’t harvest season fun?

I wanted to share this old postcard. I was researching cabbage pictures (you’ll find out why in our next issue of Greenwoman Magazine) and this certainly caught my eye! Those long days in the northern hemisphere can really bring forth the big ones.

I would guess this is circa 1950.

“44 lb. Aska Cabbage grown near Palmer in the fertile Matonuska Valley. Color by McLain’s Photo Shop, Anchorage.”

44 lb. Alaska Cabbage 001 (2)

Happy Harvest Season!

–Sandra Knauf

(Vintage postcard: Greenwoman Magazine Collection.)

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