Flowers are like teenagers, blooming gracefully into adulthood so they can brighten up otherwise lifeless cubicles. Witness the budding innocence of nature with this Groupon: for $35, you get two tickets to the Eudora Welty Garden Symposium on Wednesday, March 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (a $70 value).
Part author event, part cocktail party, the Eudora Welty Garden Symposium brings authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown to discuss their book, One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place. The authors, whose botanical tome was called "nearly irresistible" by The New York Journal of Books , will deliver illustrated, 40-minute lectures entitled “Eudora Welty and the Gift of Flowers” and “A Grand Teacher: Women and Gardening and the Progressive Era." The lectures draw from the book's theme: that Welty cultivated her garden as a place to escape from the stresses of writing or spot, and then wrestle, eagles for their quills.
After absorbing historical tidbits and insider information about the beloved southern author, audiences get a chance to ask questions of the helpful authors instead of shooting them at an indifferent universe. A cocktail reception follows, at which guests mingle, munch hors d'oeuvres, and take trips to the cash bar if they wish. This event is the fifth annual garden symposium presented by Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum.