Garden Group Lecture with Roger Swain

Sunday January 13, 2013
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Location: Meeting Hall A&B Townsend MA Public Library

Roger Swain copyright Harvard Press
Roger Swain copyright Harvard Press

Roger Swain, “the man with the red suspenders”, is recognized by millions as host of The Victory Garden, television’s longest-running gardening show. For fifteen years Roger planted and pruned, harvested and chatted with PBS viewers across the country.

More recently, he co-hosted People, Places and Plants on HGTV, a show which celebrates New England gardens and gardeners, and features Roger’s commentary, “Food for Thought.” Biologist, gardener, writer and storyteller, Roger Swain was born and raised outside Boston Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College, and went on to earn a Ph.D. , studying the behavior in ants in tropical rain forests, before becoming Science Editor of Horticulture magazine.

Since 1978 readers have been enjoying Roger’s essays and articles in that magazine, as well as his five books: Earthly Pleasures, Field Days, The Practical Gardener, Saving Graces, and Groundwork. When he is not editing, writing, filming, or meeting with gardeners across the country, Roger can be found at work in the orchard and gardens of his New Hampshire farm.

Roger Swain received the Alice Milton Award for Design from the Worcester County Horticultural Society in 2012, the American Horticultural Society Award for Writing in 1992, and in 1996 he was awarded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal for his “power to inspire others.”

I am attending the event. Hopefully, I will come back with photos and story to share afterwards.


National Geographic Monarch Butterfly Video News

Jo Flanagan with monarch butterfly
Jo Flanagan with monarch butterfly

Hello there insectamonarca friends.

I was having lunch today at the Market and Grill in Spooner, Wisconsin. The popular restaurant serves mostly local and organic lunches. Otto Wiegand, Spooner Agriculture Research Station, and his lovely wife were there. They mentioned that National Geographic is having a TV series called The Great Migration on TV and there was a feature on the monarch butterfly. I just went online to view the stunning photography in slow motion. I though you might enjoy seeing the videos also. Here is to the monarch, the butterfly of transformation. Jo Flanagan is a board member of Happy Tonics in Oregon, Ohio. She has a close encounter with a monarch butterfly in this photo.

Lovely thoughts coming your way! 

Here is a link to the series at