As a newly-divorced mother of seven, Pat Lanza was looking for a new direction in life in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
To relieve stress, Lanza turned to gardening and became a national phenomenon in the gardening community.
In the rocky soil of the Catskills, Lanza learned 20 years ago she could garden without digging, tilling or weeding, and developed what she termed “lasagna gardening.” It wasn’t long before her method of gardening attracted attention.
Lanza will make a stop in Augusta to give a talk about “My Life … In and Out of the Garden” during the annual spring luncheon of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. The March 22 event will be held at the Augusta Country Club.
Lanza is the author of six books. With the popularity of her books, coupled with the following she received through a weekly gardening column in her local newspaper, Lanza, 75, now travels the country giving lectures.
“Sharing my life and garden practice and inspiring others to write about their own lives gives me great pleasure,” writes Lanza on her Web site.
Lanza is the winner of the 1999 Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association for writing Lasagna Gardening: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!
“Pat will share how she cultivated a new life, learned to support herself by writing about it, and recorded her life story during the process,” said Judy Kirkland, the president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. “She will give a three-page handout of life interview questions to help us get started writing about our lives.”
Registration for the luncheon costs $25 before March 16 and $30 after that date. Checks should be made payable to The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and mailed, along with a completed registration form, to Dr. Virginia Allen, 2916 Westchester Drive, Augusta, GA 30909. Registration forms for the luncheon can be obtained by emailing Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program starts promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the announcement of award winners, silent auction results and door prizes.
“Remember to bring your checkbooks so you can purchase our new tote bags and silent auction items,” said Kirkland.