Helen Dillon, international garden expert, to visit Ridgewood
Friday, March 29, 2013
BY BETSY MURPHY
The Ridgewood News
Helen Dillon, called without dispute, ‘the queen of Irish gardeners,” may or may not wear a crown, but certainly she has a loyal and adoring following. Among them, are the members of The Women Gardeners (WGR) of Ridgewood, who are ecstatic in anticipation of her arrival from Ireland when she will speak at the Garden Party Lunch on April 11 at St. Elizabeth’s Church.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF WOMEN GARDENERS
Posing in Ireland are back row from left: Linda Steffans, Ann Alford, Carol Lehmann and Anthea Luter. Bottom row from left: Nanette Pigaga, Ruth Nicoll McDevitt, Florence Pope, Liz O’Leary and Judy Collins. Helen Dillon is known as the queen of Irish gardeners.Anthea Luter poses with an amazing plant.
An “international plants woman,” and winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award, Dillon is an author, columnist, broadcaster, TV personality, lecturer, plant hunter, designer and garden consultant – and delightful.
The WGR sponsors a fundraiser every year, alternating between a garden tour and an Education Day – or Open Day, which on April 11 will offer a flower arranging demonstration, potting shed sale, gifts, a luncheon and Dillon, who will talk and will sign her book, “Down to Earth.