Mississippi wordsmith and collage artist Laurie Parker, author of Everywhere in Mississippi, The Turtle Saver, A for Angels and other favorites has now created a beautiful and one-of-a-kind treasure for gardeners. Captivating verses for each letter of the alphabet are carefully crafted, with plant/flower names and gardening terms woven together through alliteration and metered rhyme, as in this verse for the Letter B:


(More appearances being added regularly)


—Saturday July 9th, 7:30-10:00 am       Debut Signing       Starkville, MS      

Starkville Community Market


—Monday July 11th    Luncheon with Books    Webster County Library     Eupora, MS


—Wednesday July 13th     Reading/Talk/Signing     Auburn, Al

Lee County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting/Potluck Supper


—Wednesday July 27th     Lunching With Books     Tupelo Library     Tupelo, MS


—Wednesday July 27th, 4:00     Reading / Signing     Memphis Botanic Garden    

Memphis, TN


—Thursday, July 28th 11:00      Book Talk     Burch Library     Collierville, TN


—Thurs., July 28th, 1:30-3:30 pm     Signing    Millstone Market/The Greenhouse

The Market at Poplar Estates     Germantown, TN


—Wednesday, August 3rd    6:30 Reading     Patio Planters Garden Club Meeting    

The French Quarter     Le Petit Theatre     New Orleans, LA


—Thursday, August 4th, 12:30-2:30     Signing      Bay Books      Bay St. Louis, MS

(CANCELLED; extensive water damage in store from plumbing incident)


—Tuesday, Aug. 9th    Reading/ Talk/Signing    Mid-Year Board Meeting     

Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs     Crowne Plaza      Little Rock, AR


—Thursday, Aug. 11th    Book Signing, Home of Kim & Bob Tramel     Little Rock


—Sat., Aug. 13th, 7 to 10 am     Signing     Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market

Columbus, MS


—Tuesday, August 16th     Luncheon with Books     Union County Library    

New Albany, MS


—Thursday, August 18th     Luncheon With Books     Bryan Public Library    

West Point, MS


—Thursday, Sept.1st, 10:00am     Reading/Talk/Signing    

Jackson Council of Garden Clubs       Jackson, MS


—Tuesday, September 6th, Noon      Reading and Talk

Friends of the Library Series    Marshall County Library    Holly Springs, MS


—Tuesday, September 13th, Noon      Reading and Talk

Louisville Garden Club Meeting at Lake Tiak O'Khata      Louisville, MS


—Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00 pm     Reading and Talk

Pontotoc Town and Country Garden Club     PEPA Bldg.     Pontotoc, MS


—Wed., Sept.14th, 10:00am     Reading/Talk/Signing     Friends & Neighbors Club   Columbus, MS


—Thurs., Sept.15th, noon     Reading/Talk/Signing     Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners   Starkville, MS


—Saturday, Sept. 17th, 8:30-2:00     Signing     St. Charles Room/Dana Center

Loyola University     New Orleans, LA

Master Gardeners of New Orleans Gardening Symposium


—Tuesday, September 20th     Lunching With Books     Amory Municipal Library    

Amory, MS


—Wednesday, September 28th, 10:00am        Reading/Talk/Signing    

Columbus Home and Garden Club        Columbus, MS


—Friday, September 30th     Lunching With Books     Pratt Library    

Fulton, MS


—Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 4:30-6:30      Signing       Main Street Books      Hattiesburg, MS


—Wednesday, October 5th, 9:30 am      Reading/Signing      Gulf Shores Garden Club

Gulf Shores, AL


—Thursday, October 6th, 9:45 am      Reading/Signing      Lake Forest Garden Club

Mobile, AL


—Friday, October 7th, 9:30 am      Reading/Signing      Wisteria Garden Club

Fairhope, AL


—Tuesday, October 11th     Luncheon with Books     Bolivar County Library    

Cleveland, MS


—Wednesday, October 12th, 10:00 am     Reading and Talk    

Clarksdale Garden Club     Clarksdale, MS


—Thursday, Oct. 13th, 12:00 noon     “Books ’n Lunch”     Oxford, Mississippi

Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library  


Saturday, October 15th     RADIO INTERVIEW, Supertalk MS     “Weekend Gardening” /Garden Mama


—Wednesday, October 19th     Lunching with Books     Evans Memorial Library     Aberdeen, MS


—October 19th-22nd     Celebration Village      Tupelo Furniture Market    

Tupelo, MS 


—November 2nd-5th     Mistletoe Marketplace     Trademart     Jackson, MS


—Saturday, Nov. 12th     Trinity Presbyterian Church Bazaar     Meridian, MS


—Wednesday, November 16th, 9:30 am     Reading/Talk/Signing    

Brandon Garden Club       Brandon, MS


—Thursday, November 17th, 9:00 to 1:00       Signing       Birmingham, AL

“The Market” (Junior League of B’Ham)    


—November 18th-19th     Handworks Market     Trademart     Jackson, MS


—Sunday, November 20th, 2:00-5:00     Mississippi State Library Gala     Starkville, MS


—December 2nd-4th     Chimneyville Festival    Trademart       Jackson, MS







NEW in 2011



Mississippi Wordsmith & Collage Artist


—For adult gardening enthusiasts,

an A to Z celebration of everything garden!


—For children, an engaging and educational intro into the wonders of gardening AND an “I Spy” type book!


Click here for peek inside book & a list of retailers state-by-state (many NEW store locations!)


Click here for Press Release 


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Laurie with Felder Rushing and Rusty at the Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market in Columbus, MS