Enlighten Me Series: Madeleine Wilde Book Reading and Discussion

Sun Feb 19 2023 at 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Fountainhead Gallery | Seattle

Sue & Ron, Owners of Fountainhead Gallery
Publisher/HostSue & Ron, Owners of Fountainhead Gallery
Enlighten Me Series: Madeleine Wilde Book Reading and Discussion
Fountainhead Gallery is pleased to host a reading of Madeleine Wilde’s book, Notes from the
Garden: Creating a Pacific Northwest Sanctuary.
About this Event

A treasured friend of Fountainhead Gallery and a long-time Queen Anne resident, Madeleine wrote a gardening column for the Queen Anne & Magnolia News for more than two decades, starting in the early 1990s. She died in 2018 at the age of 74. Her former publisher at the News, Mike Dillon, has put together a collection of Madeleine’s best columns into what Lorene Edwards Forkner, writing in the Seattle Times, called “a delightfully compelling book.” Chatwin Books of Seattle published Notes in October 2021. Mark Hinshaw, noted architect and former architectural critic for the Seattle Times and Crosscut, did the illustrations.

Mike Dillon, also the book’s editor, will discuss the making of Notes and read some of his favorite excerpts from Madeleine’s prose. Madeleine’s husband, David Streatfield, professor emeritus in the department of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, wrote the Foreword, and will be on hand to talk about the creation of their steeply terraced garden on Queen Anne’s south slope.

There will be time for questions and a book signing at the end of the sixty-minute presentation.

As Madeleine wrote in one of her columns: I know from my own experience that an evening spent tending my garden, after another incomprehensible day, brings a strength and calmness that no other activity can match. Is it the qualities associated with gardening, such as nurturing and the hard work of hands and heart, that are deficient in our culture? Much good writing has been done about the garden as a special place.

“Much good writing” flowed from Madeleine’s fingertips. She has left us a book, ranging from hands-on advice for gardeners and would-be gardeners, to poetically charged, often wry insights into the human comedy in the tradition of Thoreau.

Here’s a link to the full Seattle Times Review:


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Fountainhead Gallery, 625 West McGraw Street, Seattle, United States


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