Bow Garden Club putting on Books in Bloom

Joyce Kimball created this fairy garden for a book at her house – about fairy garden building. Courtesy of Joyce Kimball
Joyce Kimball created this fairy garden for a book at her house – about fairy garden building. Courtesy of Joyce Kimball

In previous Insiders, you’ve seen the pairing of the art and floral worlds come together for one magical exhibit.

Now it’s time to spread our wings and tell you about another unique pairing when it comes to wonderfully fragrant flowers – and this time with books. The Bow Garden Club and the Baker Free Library (also in Bow) have collaborated on a two-day only event called Books In Bloom.

Members of the club are putting together arrangements based on their favorite books, something from their personal collection or one found on a library shelf. The designers have carte blanche when it comes to their arrangement – so they can base it on the title, the jacket cover or a character. Whatever they really want.

“You can take anything from it that inspires you,” said Joyce Kimball, publicity chairwoman for the Bow Garden Club. “It can be a very creative process.”

And just an FYI, they’re open to more submissions for the show, so if you’re interested in testing your floral design skills or trying something completely outside your comfort zone, you should totally take part.

“We wouldn’t mind scrambling last minute to create space,” Kimball said.

A dozen members of the garden club along with library personnel have committed to making around 20 arrangements that will be scattered around the library on Friday evening and Saturday. The only reason it’s not a longer exhibit is that, well, flowers don’t last all that long, so it could end up being quite the hassle and cost to keep the designs all fresh and looking great.

“Each of the designs will be a little vignette,” Kimball said.

Kimball is doing three arrangements, including one where she built a fairy garden. “Its got a library theme,” she said.

The first night is geared toward the adults, as there will be appetizers and drinks (nonalcoholic) from 5:30 to 7 p.m., while the exhibit will be available for viewing until 8 p.m.

Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is more for the kids. While fresh flower arrangements made in honor of books probably doesn’t get the youngins too excited, hands-on activities might sweeten the deal. The younger crowd will get to make tissue paper and butterflies, while the older kiddos can create water color flowers using paper plates.

For more, contact Kimball at

Author: Tim Goodwin

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