Madelyn Gaul
"Fiddlehead Fandango"

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This is a gardenerís robe... Something to wear sitting on the deck on cool Summer mornings and Fall nights or in a comfy chair leafing through seed catalogs in Winter and Spring.

My garden started with Spiderwarts and Day Lilies. Fiddlehead Ferns and Comfrey came over from the neighborís yard. Through the years, plants and fruit trees have replaced grass.

The Comfrey is now contained but the Fiddleheads continue their dance through the yard.

Lady Bird Johnson died while I was making this robe. Lady Bird promoted conservation using native plants and wildflowers. Mrs. Johnsonís beautification campaign planted flowers and trees on historic sites, in national parks and along highways. As I sewed, listening to tributes to Mrs. Johnson, I thought of other Texas women who have enriched my life - Marie Budewig, Molly Ivins, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines - with beauty, kindness, wit and courage.

 

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