Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Trudi Temple!

I heard about Trudi through my local nursery, The Growing Place, where I had the honor
to hear her speak of her life and love of gardening.  Trudi started her life and her lessons
in Germany during WWII.  To hear her speak of her journey is as if she is telling
it for the first time... she has such life and JOY within her.
Do you have Market Day at your school?
Trudi STARTED Market Day!
But read  in her book how it started!!!
I greatly encourage you to get her book*
Haus Blumenau
and read about how her life was as a young girl  and how she came to America.

Above, in the second photo, is Trudi's front gate and yard...
She uses every inch of space for her beautiful gardens!
Whenever this gate is open ALL are invited in to enjoy her gardens.
Such kindness and hospitality.

Above is a note on the back carriage/garden house door. ~
It invites you to use her "powder room"!

See the water lilies!



My photos do not do justice.
Below is a small view of the BIG protected vegetable garden. (deer, bunnies...)

A view from her terrace~

a beautiful planter~


Oh, need a little cat nap?

Notice the lower structure of this "flower bed" also.

Here is a tip I learned from Trudi~
Save your garden and household vegetable waste and dig a hole, I dig 12"X12" holes.
Cover with dirt and place a garden marker on top like a stone...
this is so that you remember not to plant her for 6 months when the soil will be rich with nutrition for you plants.

If you get her book you will find out how big of a hole Trudi has dug and what
in the world she put in it!

I went to Amazon and found her book.
HOWEVER, for some STRANGE reason the two new books
are priced at $99.99!!!! Something must be incorrect with the listing.
It is a great book... for $29.95, NEW HARDCOVER.  

* Links
Trudi Temple

Book info:
Trudi Temple's Garden ~ The Story of Trudi Temple, Founder of Market Day
Laurie Bohlke & Trudi Temple
Goblin Fern Press, Inc.
3809 Mineral Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin,  53705 U.S.A.



Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

What a beautiful garden and many thanks for sharing about this wonderful Lady and her book.
I shall look out for it.
Many thanks for visiting me and no, I have not stayed at that house in France, wished I could though.

Happy week

KarenB said...

Can you believe that I lived there 7 years and never got to see Trudy's garden? What was I thinking? Thanks for the heads up on the book, I'll check it out.

Glenys said...

The garden is so amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Stink Bone Jones said...

Just beautiful and looks like such an interesting life story. I have never met a gardener who wasn't interesting!


Stink Bone Jones said...

Just beautiful and looks like such an interesting life story. I have never met a gardener who wasn't interesting!


Karin said...

I love it...I wish I had a garden like that! btw...love you blog banner Mary. Did you design it? It's wonderful...

carla said...

Lovely garden. I'll be looking for her book.

La Petite Gallery said...

Lovely post. Such an interesting book and Lady..
My first time here, I liked and enjoyed it.


The Rose Room said...

absolutely magnificent! Rachaelxo

Yvette said...

All you have to do is dig a hole and bury the kitchen scraps? And to think all this time I have been composting. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I loved the walk through this amazingly pretty garden! Wishing you a happy new week Mary xx