Cynthia invites me to her home that is located on the North end of St Paul next to the U of M campus and also sends me over to her friend and neighbor, Helen. This is a new neighborhood for me, that is a mix of mid-century homes many of which belong to professors at the U of M.
Cynthia's garden as at the end of the season, but I gather her salvia and Joe Pye Weed and Cynthia tells me about her yard, her home and what she likes about gardening. I am so excited to learn more from her next year. Helen's home is kitty corner across the street and this too, is at the end of it's season but I learn that Helen and her late husband Fred, were Art History faculty at my alma mater. And to make the world even a little smaller, Helen's area of expertise includes the history of dress, in early america's south- a time period when handmade dyes were used exclusively.
Helen told me that she was so happy that I was taking on this project....this day was incredibly rich and rewarding!