Books and Blooms at Pease Public Library (350)

PLYMOUTH — Pease Public Library in Plymouth is pleased to present Books and Blooms June 19-21 at the library. Members of Ashland Garden Club will once again challenge themselves to design floral arrangements inspired by a favorite book. The outstanding designs will be displayed throughout the library to be discovered and enjoyed one at a time.
Books and Blooms reprises a stunning 2011 show that included floral designs paired with such diverse titles as "Cleopatra," "Botany of Desire," "Pinkalicious" and "Raising Twins." The show will be open during library hours, Wednesday 10-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10-5 p.m.
The Ashland Garden Club (AGC) has more than 60 members representing 12 towns. AGC is a non-profit organization that promotes education and provides advanced studies in horticulture conservation, environmental protection, beautification and floral design. The club supports a local scholarship at Plymouth Regional High School and members donate their time to Senior Center Garden Therapy in Plymouth. They also carry on beautification projects in Ashland and hold a plant sale in each spring.
Together and individually the members have won an impressive number of state and national awards. Especially notable are their many honors at the New England Flower Show and their participation in "Art in Bloom" at the Museum of Fine Arts, both in Boston. They have also held shows at the Karl Drerup Gallery at Plymouth State University.
With "Books and Blooms 2013," as a backdrop, the library will host programs that are especially planned for those interested in the skill and art of arranging flowers or viewing flower arrangements with more understanding.
June 19 at 7 p.m. Tamara Mann, Penny Huynen and Michelle Chamberlain, clay artists, owners of Community Clay Center, Plymouth, will show various and varied ways to add interest to flower arrangements with imaginative containers. They will also demonstrate how to intermingle flowers and gardens with ornaments and creative walkways. They call their presentation "From Dirt to Dirt : Containers, Planters, Vases and Your Gardens."
June 20 at 7 p.m. Antoinette Drouart, owner of Ikebana Flowers, certified by Ikebana Sogetsu School, Tokyo, Japan, member of Ikebana International Sogetsu Boston Branch and the Orchid Society will present "The Art of Ikebana Flower Design." Learn the beauty and simplicity of this ancient form of Japanese flower arrangement from an expert.