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Trudi's Garden: The Story of Trudi Temple, Founder of Market Day Hardcover – January 1, 2006


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Lush photographs, family snapshots and sidebars with cozy (and sometimes corny) advice for keeping up one's home and garden ("Whether a garden is large or small, make it exciting") create a solid foundation for Temple's uplifting memoir. Beginning with her humble childhood in 1940s and '50s Germany, she recounts the hardships of her youth while highlighting memories of her close-knit family. (Scattered within the part about her early years are maps, time lines and recipes for some of her favorite treats.) After accepting a marriage proposal from an American pilot, Temple immigrated to the U.S. While raising her two daughters, she began Market Day. Originally designed as a small business to raise money for her church's missions while providing her neighbors with fresh food from Chicago's wholesale markets, it grew quickly into a food cooperative used as a fund-raising tool for education, operating in more than 19 states. Through the joy of seeing her children succeed, and the pain of losing her husband of 34 years, Temple developed a simple philosophy—sweetly illustrated here—of reducing waste and increasing her quality of life at home and in the community. 140 color photos. (Jan.)
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A fascinating read! The book and pictures are as exuberant as Trudi's garden! --Pam Duthie, author of "Continuous Bloom" and "Continuous Color"

In preparing to work in my garden, I picked up this book and never made to the garden that day! --Galen D. Gates, Director, Plant Collections, Chicago Botanic Garden

Seldom have I seen such beautiful photographs with such a compelling story! --David Middleton, nature photographer and writer
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Goblin Fern Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595980261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595980267
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David C. Roller on July 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Last week, we went to Hinsdale, IL for a field trip with some other homeschool families. My dad grew up in Hinsdale, so I was familiar with the area, and knew the location was right near the cemetery where my grandparents are buried. I had no idea what we were going to be doing, but I thought it was a farm tour. It ended up being a tour of a lovely woman's garden at her home. It was a two hour tour, that flew by, during which we encountered the most beautiful layout of God's creation that I've ever seen. And the lovely woman, Trudi Temple, was a treasure to behold. I just wanted to stand next to her to absorb her life force. Prior to this field trip, I had never heard of her, and knew nothing about her other than her passion for gardening (i.e., she spends three weeks in the fall/winter uprooting tropical plants to bring them inside for the winter, then another three weeks in the late spring, replanting them into their homes.) When we got home, I re-read the email we received about the field trip, and it mentioned something about the book this woman had written. I didn't even know her last name! My daughter Emma said, "I think it's Temple, because there was a sign on the house with that name." So I went to Amazon and looked her up. Lo, and behold, she has written a book that appeared to be about gardening. From the cover, it looks like it's going to be chock full of gardening tips, secrets, and how-to's. I was in for a surprise. Actually two surprises. If you know me at all, you know I don't buy books, I get them from the library. I ordered this book from the library, and when I got the call that it was in, I was very excited. Dave said he'd stop by the library on the way home from running other errands. When he got home, he presented me with a signed copy of her book, my own copy.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Jones on July 18, 2006
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Trudi Temple's attitude about life and boundless ingenuity set her apart from those of us who sometimes think we "can't". She always thinks she "can"...and does everything in her life with never a thought that she might fail.

Her garden is a reflection of the beauty in life and her life story shows that anything is possible when you think it is.

I have given her book as gifts to several people not only because of her interesting story but also because the pictures are outstanding.

Treat yourself...and treat a friend to this wonderful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wedemeyer on July 22, 2006
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Trudi's Garden is for anyone who's ever wondered about the lives of remarkable people. Trudi's story, beginning in World War II Germany and continuing into today's beautiful garden, will entertain every reader with the captivating story and beautiful photos. Though it looks good there,this is not a book to leave sitting on the coffee table; it's a book for reading and enjoying.
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I was thrilled with this book especially since Trudi and her family have been part of the lake community. I have always know she liked flowers but never to that extent.
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