Books in Bloom @ Home

This is the time of year when when the Saugus Garden Club holds its annual Books in Bloom event. For those of us who miss seeing those beautiful and inspiring displays melding literature and horticulture, Paul Kenworthy and family decided to celebrate Books in Bloom at home.

Here are their entries, which they shared with us. If Books in Bloom is taking place, no matter where, can spring be far behind? Our thanks to Paul, Laura, and Monique. You guys rock!


Paul Kenworthy
category: 1. Fiction

Title: set of first three books of The Witcher Series: 1-Blood of Elves, 2 -The Time of Contempt, 3-Baptism of Fire
Author:  Andrzej Sapkowski

(the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit video games and the Netflix TV series)
Plant materials: Red roses, white mini-roses, and white wax flower in red velvet covered jar,  with gauntlets and sword hilt.

Monique Todd
14 Oakcrest St.
Saugus, MA
category: 1. Fiction

Title: Blood Bound
Author: Patricia Briggs

(urban fantasy by New York Times bestselling author)
bicolor red and white mini-carnations in a soda bottle with a wrench (main character, Mercy, is a car mechanic) and iron heart, with a tulle and velvet bat, scatter of burgundy ranunculus petals.

Entrant: Laura Eisener
category: 1. Fiction

Title: The Tenderness of Wolves
Author: Stef Penney

(historical fiction set in 1867 Northern Territory Canada, murder mystery, 2006 Costa Book of the Year winner)
Plant material: white calla lilies in a “paper birch” pottery vase and more white calla lilies in a real birch bark covered glass jar, birch and other branches and an oak bark cylinder picked up from the ground, with a wolf sculpture.

Entrant: Laura Eisener
category: 5. Miscellaneous – gardening

Title: To Everything There Is A Season
Author: Thalassa Cruso

(Most of us of a certain age remember this local author who for many years had a gardening program on Public Television)
Plant materials: purple Ranunculus in forcing jar, and yellow Hyacinth growing in a pot on the windowsill.

Entrant: Laura Eisener
category: 2. Non-Fiction

Title: Ironworks on the Saugus
Author: Edward Neal Hartley

(comprehensive book on our town’s most well known historical site, with photographs)
Plant materials: Red carnations to represent the fire in the forge, and because red carnations are associated with Saugus being a major introduction by Sims Carnation in the 1920’s.  The red vase has an iron framework and the quatrefoil trivet is iron, and they are posed on the hearth in front of the fireplace.

Published: April 1st, 2020

Author: Alan Thibeault