On Tuesday, August 27th, I had the great pleasure of speaking to The Garden Club of Dublin, New Hampshire, thanks to the kind invitation of Mary Lord who also graciously invited us to stay in her charming guest house on her beautiful place in nearby Peterborough. Here she is with me and Susie Catlin in front of Susie’s historic and beautifully restored home called Redtop. The site itself is amazing, with a stunning view over the Lake in Dublin. Once the site of a cascade of formal garden rooms, the house still has beautiful, although fewer formal gardens. This is the renowned Monadnock Region of New Hampshire with a long tradition of attracting artists and writers. Nearby is the famous MacDowell Colony, still a destination for writers, artists and composers fortunate enough to be chosen to spend time there. Charlie who has now heard the talk so many times he could deliver it himself came as well and is shown with Susie and me in front of the house.
Susie was our marvelous hostess for the Garden Club’s meeting that morning in her inviting living room, followed by my talk. Karen Bunch, the Club’s President conducted the meeting with efficiency and humor, then Mary Lord introduced me shown below.
Best of all, the Garden Club of Dublin always follows its meetings with a splendid lunch. A buffet was served in Susie’s elegant dining room but we could fan out to eat in her sun porch or in my case, outdoors overlooking the lake.