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Children and gardens the theme this Sunday at Freedom Park

"Where does a garden stop and art begin?"  Visitors to the July 12, 2014 Art in the Garden Tour will be able to explore  how art, music, and literature are all interwoven in beautiful gardens.  Gardens in Prescott, WI and Hastings, MN are featured in this inspiring event.  Hours of the tour are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tickets are $12 per person if purchased the day of the tour.  For further information, call 612-309-9936 or visit

 Author Ruth Ann Willius will read from, sign and sell her book, Go Daisy, Grow!, at Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center at Freedom Park, 200 Monroe Street, Prescott from10-12 a.m., at The Orange Dragon Art Gallery, 122 Orange Street, Prescott, MN 54021 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and    at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033 from 2-4 p.m. on July 12.  For children, who are encouraged to attend, this interactive-reading event is FREE.  Adults are admitted with purchase of their ticket to the Art in the Garden Tour.

 Ruth Ann Willius graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA, with majors in elementary education and Spanish and holds a Masters Degree in family education from the University of Minnesota.  She has taught different ages during her 36 + years with the last 10 years as an adult educator.  Now retired, Willius volunteers in schools as a Spanish teacher (both in the US. & many Spanish speaking countries) and at Warner Nature Center, and is an avid gardener.  She is a nurturer of seeds both in the garden and the classroom.

 Go Daisy, Grow! Is a children’s picture book that takes the reader into the life of a seed that wants to grow into a beautiful Shasta Daisy.  She encounters many challenges in her ability to grow.  Can she do it on her own?

 The illustrations in the book are done by 6th graders from Scandia Elementary School, Scandia, MN. Of the illustrations the author says, “They bring the story alive with their whimsical drawings.  They reflect the many emotions of Daisy as she achieves her dream.” The book is basically about taking care of living things.  Good beginnings + knowledge + patience + loving care giver = successful growth.,  There are many parallels between a productive gardener and an effective parent.  Willius strongly emphasizes that “Every child needs the opportunity to grow things and be outside with nature.  Children and dirt go together.  What better place than a garden.”