November Book Discussion: The Paper Garden

November 6, 2012
By Shelly Kilroy, Meijer Gardens Librarian 

Meeting new people can be wonderfully enlightening and exhilarating — opening up new horizons in our lives.

This is true even if the person you “meet” is the subject of a biography. When our book discussion group read The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock, we all agreed we were glad we met the subject of the book, Mary Delany, and had the opportunity to view her beautiful paper mosaics.

Adding to the delight were the images of some of the nearly 1,000 paper mosaics created by Mrs. Delany. These amazingly intricate renditions of roses, poppies and other flowers were found throughout the book.

Though some in our group felt the author’s interjection of her own personal life into the book was intrusive and unnecessary, all agreed that we found Mary Delany to be an inspiring woman and would recommend this book and other books about her.

On December 4, we will be reading and discussing A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm by Edwin Way Teale.

To participate in the Art and Gardens Book Discussion Group, contact Shelly at 616-975-3144.