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Gardening is Murder: An Afternoon with Mystery Author Neal Sanders

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Mystery author, Neal Sanders presents his program, Gardening Is Murder, a ‘husband’s point of view’ of gardening.  It is filled with humor and insight from someone who gardens less from an abiding love of horticulture than for the love of a spouse.  Good horticultural advice is dispensed, bad advice is debunked.   Some of what you'll learn:

  • Why it is impossible to do just one thing in the garden;
  • Why so much gardening information on the internet is awful;
  • Why you should never compute the value of your labor in gardening;
  • Evidence that the wildlife in your garden have never seen a Disney film;
  •  Why it requires digging three holes to plant something;
  • And much more...

Author Bio

Neal retired from the corporate world in 2005. His 'second act' is as a writer of mysteries. His ninth book, Murder in Negative Space has just been released and joins A Murder in the Garden ClubA Murder at the Flower ShowMurder ImperfectThe Garden Club GangDeal KillerDeadly Deeds and The Accidental Spy. Neal and his wife, Betty maintain a two-acre garden in Medfield, Massachusetts, that has been part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program and featured in the Wall Street Journal. Betty is a Lifetime Master Gardener, horticulturalist, and noted gardening lecturer. Neal's blog is The Principal Undergardener.

Books will be on sale for $14. Attendees can pay by cash, check or credit card.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Farmington Garden Club and the Friends of the Farmington Libraries. 

Ages 16+. Registration is required. Masks are required inside the building. 


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