New Gardening Book Blossoms in a Community Where National Tragedy Struck
Shanksville native Melanie Boyer is the author of "A Garden Observed: Cultivating a Life," in which she intermingles heart-felt stories, intimate photographs, Bible verses, and inspirational quotes.
By: A Garden Observed
"Seeing myself as a gardener has helped me understand my role in a struggling world," Boyer said. "Answers to nameless longings, and questions I didn't know how to ask, I found in the simple truths of a garden."
"A Garden Observed" intermingles heart-felt stories, intimate photographs, Bible verses, and inspirational quotes.
"People give flowers on birthdays, weddings, and send them to grieving families," she explains. "They are what we give when exposing our hearts on Valentine's Day, and re-visiting the graves of those we can't forget. I wanted to know why."
Here's what Amazon reviewers said:
• "Each day I read a few pages and reflect on the goodness of God in the beauty of His Creation and in the blessing of being a humble gardener. I love reading a book that refreshes my spirit."
• "Melanie has poured her heart and soul into this book … sharing some very deep and emotional thoughts that have been pollinated over a lifetime ..."
• "The worthy goal of this book: To believe, hope, sacrifice, and endure—to make the world a better place by cultivating souls like we do gardens."
• "This book takes me back to my youth and has resurrected many beautiful memories. I never realized how my life and my walk with the Lord could be so magically captured by a gardener."
Melanie grew up in Somerset County on a small farm in a large family. She's married to Jeff Boyer; they have two children and live near Johnstown. For 15 years she's worked with Susan Murray, owner of The Rusted Root and Tao Landscape.
"Susan is one of the most talented gardeners I know," Boyer said, adding that she's learned life-lessons from her mentor, many of which are in "A Garden Observed."
"The book is a collection of lessons, and a journey of growth," Boyer explained. She said her goal is to help people re-discover gardening as a way to learn about the Creator's love and peace in tumultuous times.
ABOUT: "A Garden Observed: Cultivating a Life" is a hardcover with 223 pages. Search Melanie Boyer at Amazon. Cost: $49.99, plus shipping. (ISBN-10: 1792314000 and ISBN-13: 978-1792314001)