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'Garden Wisdom' Book Launch in Madison

Jellies and jams made by Ruth Apps

"My family has gardened for generations," says Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Jerry Apps, writer of Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening. "Both my sets of grandparents were gardeners, as were my parents. I introduced my three children to gardening starting when they were toddlers, and all three of them grow gardens today. And now my five grandkids are gardeners as well, helping me with everything from planting to harvesting. I can think of no better way to introduce children to nature than by gardening together."

Book Launch Event

The cover of "Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening

Join Jerry, his wife Ruth and their son, Steve Apps, for a family gardening celebration at Barnes & Noble West in Madison at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 6, for the release of Garden Wisdom. Jerry will give a talk about the book followed by a discussion with his wife and co-author Ruth, and son Steve whose photographs illustrate the book. They all will be available to sign books after the talk. Sorghum cookie samples will be available as well as door prizes ranging from Ruth's grape jelly to zucchini bread and chocolate sauerkraut cake. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Apps Family

Jerry Apps has been a rural historian and environmental writer for more than 40 years. He has published books on many rural topics, including "Every Farm Tells a Story," "Living a Country Year" and three other Society Press titles, Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses, Barns of Wisconsin and Old Farm: A History. He is a former county extension agent and professor at the University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and a lifelong vegetable gardener.

Ruth Apps has a degree in home economics education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has worked for the University of Wisconsin as a county home economics agent and for Madison Area Technical College. Ruth has canned, frozen and otherwise prepared garden produce since she and Jerry were married. She makes pumpkin pie from real pumpkins.

As chief photographer for the "Wisconsin State Journal," Steve Apps has covered a wide range of assignments including the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin-Madison sports. In 2008 he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Dave Boss Award of Excellence, and his photo, "First Down," was selected Photograph of the Year for 2007. In his time off Steve loves to travel the state documenting Wisconsin and all its beauty.

:: Posted February 27, 2012

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