When Menelik-Llord Aidoo, one of the writers I worked with in Liberia, wrote a piece about a comic book he’d read as a child, about George Washington and his love of nature, I was glad I’d brought Love Every Leaf with me, to plant the idea with Liberian writers that they might like to consider writing biographies, too. Llord was enchanted by the book – about landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and the love of nature that she has for many years brought to her profession.
A young student of architecture, Sherrin (I don’t know her last name) is keen to read it when Llord is finished, and I’m delighted that awareness of this remarkable, inspiring Canadian is growing – as far away as Liberia!
I’m also delighted that shortly after I came home from Liberia, I received an invitation to speak this summer at the 75th anniversary conference of the CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects). As it happens, Cornelia will be delivering their keynote. My late father-in-law, Humphrey Carver, delivered the keynote at the 50th anniversary CSLA conference. What a privilege (and what fun!) it will be to speak to this group of people, many of whom will know Cornelia well, and if they didn’t know Humphrey will know of him, as he was a founding member of the organization. My mind has already started turning over with thoughts…
But right now, I have a bag to go finish packing!