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Botanical Gardens to host end-of-season book and herb sale, poetry reading

Reem Azem

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Focus
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This weekend, a poetry reading and book and herb sale will be held within the distinct edifice and surrounding grounds of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.
This weekend, a poetry reading and book and herb sale will be held within the distinct edifice and surrounding grounds of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.
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As much as people long to hold onto summer, the weather has been convincing them to move on. Even as residents brace for the intense Cleveland weather, they can still enjoy nature's simple summer pleasures at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. This weekend, the Gardens will be hosting several events, including a book sale, an herb fair, and a poetry reading.

Having opened Thursday, the book sale will be held throughout the weekend during regular garden hours. The Eleanor Squire Library receives donations, [including rare first editions,] from all sorts of booksellers. Well educated in his field, librarian Gary Esmonde was sure to mention the draws of the sale. The books to be sold will not exclusively pertain to gardening, as popular fiction and bestsellers will also show up on the racks. For example, a set of Harry Potter books was donated, and those who weren't willing to pay the original full price can now purchase them at a reduced rate. Though some of the items are free, most are priced around a dollar or two. Yet, the rarer books and sets can be bought for over $4000. Though the sale is a three-day event, new books may be added each day to vary the merchandise. In addition to books, there will be many horticultural magazines, music, and artwork. Oil paintings and art prints will be available for purchase by art lovers as well as a collection of classical, jazz, and folk vinyl for record collectors.

Saturday, during the book sale, the Western Reserve Society will hold its 40th annual Herb Fair. While the Botanical Gardens owns the land, the Western Reserve Historical Society tends to the plants, including the herbs that will be available at the fair. Members of the society will be present to answer any questions regarding the herbs and their uses.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will celebrate nature's influence on the humanities with events such as Poetry in the Garden this Saturday at 2 p.m. Local and national poets will be reading selections of their works regarding nature in an ideal setting that should greatly enhance the poetry. The event will feature local poets Kazin Ali, Michael Dumanis, Mary Quade, Case's own Sarah Gridley, and Harvard University's Joanna Klink. The winners of a previously held poetry contest will be announced and will also read their selections for guests. Poetry in the Garden is a free event, but pre-registration is required and is available through the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities website.

Admission to the book and herb sale is priced the same as admission to the gardens, $7.50 for adults, and CWRU students are able to gain free admission by obtaining a ticket from the Office of Student Affairs. For those who have never been to the Botanical Gardens, clear your schedules, and reserve a ticket because they truly are breathtaking. Taking pleasure in the exquisite grounds and art celebrated by the Botanical Gardens this weekend might just be the way to take one last breath of summer before the autumn arrives.
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    Carol Marshall

    posted 10/02/09 @ 11:11 AM EST

    Thanks for the great article informing people about the Garden. A couple of corrections, though - the Western Reserve Herb Society tends the plants (not the Historical Society) and the Herb Fair will be held next Saturday, October 10. (Continued…)

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