Heart & Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Gardens


Time & Date: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Location: Rotary Gallery, Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Des Kennedy

Tickets: $5 per Historical Society Member; $6 non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling 250-334-0686 extension 5.


Join author Des Kennedy as he introduces his new book Heart & Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Gardens by presenting animated readings from the text.

Over the last forty years, Kennedy has become a renowned writer, environmental activist and, of course, gardener. He has tackled every challenge nature has thrown his way with an unmistakable sense of humour, and emerged with tales that reflect his insight into how the human spirit is intertwined with the natural world.

Heart & Soil is full of stories that will inspire, enlighten and motivate gardeners and anyone who cares about the earth, reminding readers that gardening is a revolutionary act of maintaining harmony with nature. In this collection, Kennedy muses on garden makeovers, hand-to-vine ivy battles, the benefits of a workaday wheelbarrow and other short essays that are sure to fertilize any gardener’s imagination.

Des Kennedy is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author and environmental activist, and a three-time Stephen Leacock Award nominee. He is the author of five books of essays including a memoir, The Way of a Gardener, and three novels including Climbing Patrick’s Mountain. Noted as one of the most influential personalities on the Canadian gardening scene, and one of the country’s finest gardening writers, he has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail and for CBC Television. He lives on Denman Island, BC.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Heart & Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Gardens is a 224 page paperback produced by Harbour Publishing. It retails for $24.95 (plus tax).

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay. FMI: 250-334-0686.