You can connect the dots among people, books and plants during the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries' 2018 annual meeting.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, author, instructor and gardening expert Debra Knapke will highlight books about plants and gardens that have been the most influential throughout history, and she will encourage attendees to think about the role books have played in their lives during the "Books, Botany and Horticulture -- A Beautiful Combination" program.
The event will start at 7 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. As always, it is free and open to foundation members and the public.
A Columbus resident, Knapke perhaps is best-known as the author of many Ohio-specific gardening books, including "Perennials of Ohio," "Annuals of Ohio," "Best Garden Plants for Ohio" and "Gardening Month by Month in Ohio."
Knapke, whom is frequently interviewed on WOSU's "All Sides with Ann Fisher," is also on the faculty at Columbus State Community College, where she teaches courses in plant sciences, specialty gardens and sustainable landscape practices and design.
Horticulture and teaching are actually Knapke's third career. She said when her youngest child was in kindergarten, she turned her love of gardening into her livelihood, completing a master's degree in horticulture.
"I had been intuitively gardening for years, and I wanted to know why things happened the way they did," she said.
Knapke describes her own garden and its 26 different areas as "eclectic," with something growing, blooming or budding most of the year.
"I love to experiment," she said, "and soon most of the grass on our two-thirds of an acre will be skinny pathways leading from one garden to the next."
Knapke's presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. Immediately following, there will be a short business meeting as part of the Friends Foundation annual meeting -- for which the public is invited to stay -- which includes the election of the 2018-19 officers.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.