New library display captures garden in winter
“The moon above the eastern wood shone at its full; the hill-range stood transfigured in the silver flood…” John Greenleaf Whittier.
The Solon Public Library has a new display dedicated to the Solon Garden Club. “Snow-Bound– The Garden in Winter” depicts a winter scene with a frozen garden at the edge of an icy woods. A silver moon shines its cold light on the frost flowers and thistles as the wind battles through the catalpa trees. For a moment the crystal air is fanned by the wide silent wings of a snowy owl.
The display is based upon the narrative poem “Snow-Bound” written in 1866 by John Greenleaf Whittier. It includes a first edition copy of the poetry collection. Whittier, a Quaker and abolitionist, wrote both poetry and prose and outlived many of his contemporaries such as Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Lowell, dying in 1892.
Dedicated to the Solon Garden Club for their community support, a display of the garden books they’ve donated to the library accompanies the exhibit.
The snowy owl is on generous loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The display will run through March 10.