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Wellness Walk

Instead of  talking, I thought I would just post some pictures from Tuesday’s  garden stroll sponsored by the Wellness House in Hinsdale. I wrote about the walk and the Wellness House last year and invite you find out more here.

Enjoy!

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I knew I would eventually read Trudi Temple’s Garden: The Story of Trudi Temple, Founder of Market Day. My dear friend Roz spoke highly of it when she read it right after visiting Trudi Temple’s farm with our garden club. Roz had offered me her copy, but, with a pile of books on my nightstand and a personal library abundantly full of books, I really didn’t need another book to read at the time. A few weeks ago, I was returning some books to the library and, well, you can’t go into a library and not at least look a little bit now, can you? I was actually looking in the gardening section for Beverley Nichols. While looking for Beverley, I happened upon Trudi and then spent a long, lazy Sunday afternoon reading about her.

Most people in my neck of the woods know Trudi Temple as the founder and the driving force behind Market Day@. What started out as a way to raise money for missions by selling flowers became one of the most widely recognized fundraising programs for school and church groups and a mainstay for busy parents to buy food and do good at the same time. This determined woman would travel from the suburbs to the flower and then produce markets in the City of Chicago, in the middle of night, alone, to pick out the best fruits and vegetables for Market Day. This innovative idea grew like topsy, and is now in nineteen states with a website and a store and a remarkable reputation. You can find out about Market Day here.

Trudi’s Garden has the outward look of a coffee table book. Don’t ever judge a book by its cover. While it is certainly full of beautiful photographs, it is really the remarkable story a young girl growing up in Germany during World War II.  With harrowing tales of a child of war – and a great deal of funny escapades a plucky young Trudi participated in, it is also a story of sorrow, determination, and inspiring resourcefulness, both in Germany as a child and young woman, and as a young bride immigrating to the states; raising a family and becoming a well known and respected gardener, an entrepreneur, and a giving woman whose passion to help those in need grew to heights she could never have imagined.

I’ve been to Trudi Temple’s garden on garden tours through the Wellness House . One only needs to say  “Trudi’s garden” here in the western suburbs and folks who like to get their fingers dirty know instantly whose garden is being referred to. I am so very glad Roz told me about the book and I am equally pleased that I had the time to read it as summer waned. It is as inspiring as it is informational, with tips on gardening and a few recipes slipped in here and there. If you have a chance, pick up a copy. You will be glad you did.

I have posted this photo before, and use it here again, as it is so expressive of what Trudi Temple’s garden, and Trudi herself as I grew to learn through book, is all about.

Trudi tells about ways she would get her daughters to help with the weeding. She told them to pick one hundred weeds a day. I tried the other day. Bent over so low that Tom did not see me there as he pulled into the drive and intent on the task at hand, I counted – one, two, three . . . In the end, I had four large piles of weeds and earned the satisfaction of a chore well churned. Of course, Trudi knew what she was doing in prompting her children this way. Like I am sure her children discovered at the end of the weeding, there were far more than one hundred weeds on the pile.

So, off I go to our rambling garden now, to pull a few more weeds. One, two, three . . .

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Wellness

We took a walk around a few more gardens yesterday. The Wellness House of Hinsdale and Susan Beard, Wellness House trustee and gardener extraordinaire, host several walks throughout the growing season for cancer patients and survivors. Private homeowners open their gardens for a brief time on a given afternoon for a quiet tour  led by Susan for men and women to drink in all the beauty of nature in the surrounding area. Friends Sharon and Bev invited several of us to join them for a few hours as we toured such lovely refuges around the Hinsdale area. What calm and peace and beauty these generous gardeners give to those battling cancer. I was as impressed with the spirit of the homeowners, Susan, and the Wellness House as I was with the unique gardens we visited and thought you might like to see a few pictures of the gardens.

The Wellness House website states it ” . . .  is a community-based independent organization that offers psychosocial support, education, and information as a complement to medical treatment to cancer patients, their families and friends. Information on the Wellness House can be found by clicking here.

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