The Broadview Library, in collaboration with the Broadview Museum and Communities in Bloom, hosted local author Shirley Harris on Wednesday afternoon.
Harris, a resident of Wolseley, made a presentation and reading from her book Forgotten Gardens, Abandoned Landscapes, published in 2007.
Harris was born in Kennedy and graduated from Luther College in Regina where she went on to become a teacher.
She is a master gardener who has taken particular interest in heritage gardens writing and teaching seminars about the association and relationship shared between art history and garden design.
Although Harris didn’t intend on authoring a book, she said she resonated and took interest with research she uncovered in relation to the historic gardens situated on Canadian Pacific Railway property across western Canada.
Forgotten Gardens, Abandoned Landscapes rekindles memories of long-lost train station gardens, introduces another chapter of the lives of the West’s pioneers and answers questions regarding the remaining seemingly oddly-placed trees and hedges near the main streets of many communities.