A Year in Bloom!
Premier Talk coming to:
St Mary’s Co. Garden Club – General Meeting: March 19, 2018
Where: Elk’s Lodge, 45779 Fire Dept Lane, California, MD 20619
Menu: “St. Patrick’s Day”
Corned beef and cabbage
Roasted red potatoes
Rolls, corn bread
Dessert – assortment of cookies and cookie bars
Water, coffee, hot and iced tea
Cost: $24RSVP: Sigrid Stiles by March 14
I’m doing a presentation for organizations, health groups, and garden clubs! It’s called “A Year in Bloom”. It chronicles 2017 for me: Our mature ornamental gardens (during my discovery of and survival through the 7 months of intense cancer treatments.)
Over 20 years have passed since we have made this farm our home. It had overgrazed, compacted, and depleted soil. Frank has been a plant collector for over 60 years now. Our ten acre farm proved a good amount of space to indulge in our passion for growing things. I am most fond of the kitchen garden, greenhouses, and starting seeds. Frank loves nearly all plants. They say it takes 10 years to make a good garden. I looked around last year and saw that our garden was a “mature garden” now. I started a documentary, with photos, of ALL the plants, trees, and shrubs that bloomed in our gardens for one whole year. This is the result. HUNDREDS of gorgeous photos! It will be a lush, fast moving show with lots and lots of gorgeous photos.
The Sunflower Squirrel”
written by Laara C Oakes
Illustrated by Christina Allen
Published by Corn Crib Publishing
After a long and cold winter, Mrs. Squirrel overhears Blue Jay and Cardinal talk about how hard they had to search for food to survive. Mrs. Squirrel comes up with a plan and she’ll need all of her friends to help. But will the plan work. . .
Also coming soon: Izzy the Terrapin
I’m also illustrating and publishing a children’s activity book for the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust with Izzy the Terrapin (an actual friendly turtle that lives at St. Mary’s College Biology Department!)
Illustrating and publishing quality books is a lengthly process. I expect a 2018 copyright date for both titles.
I have made a series of postcards. One side you (or your children) can color. The other side has an image of MY postcard-sized original watercolor. Packages of postcards, with coloring pencils, are available for sale now!
Here are some of the other original watercolors (and available as coloring postcards too!) These are all small 8″ x 10″ framed paintings.
“A Farmer’s Alphabet” won the 2016 National Bronze Evergreen Medal for (all ages groups of books) for Nature Conservation
It ALSO has won the Silver Moonbeam Award for children’s books!
My latest illustrated children’s book “A Farmer’s Alphabet”, written by Charles Long, illustrated by Christina Allen. Published by Corn Crib Publishing. Get your signed copy today at the special author’s price of $18.00, plus S&H
WINNER of The Indie Award for Excellence in Children’s Books, non-fiction!
$18.00 Hard Cover, published by Corn Crib Publishing
Released by Corn Crib Publishing!!!! The e-book of “A Micro-Chip On My Shoulder”!!!
“Momma Tree”, Illustrated by Christina Allen, written by Charles Long
WON The National “Mom’s Choice” Gold Award in Children’s Books!
AND, also, winner of The Gold National Moonbeam Award in 2015!
Christina Allen lives in southern Maryland on a sustainable homestead with her husband Frank, cat Kiba, flock of sheep, rare Jersey Buff heritage turkeys, and heritage chickens. She has been a professional artist for 37 years and is an avid handweaver, spinner, and knitter also.
Both Christina and her husband are serious gardeners (Frank for over 60 years and Christina for about 35 years), so plants, trees, and flowers are an important part of their life and her artwork. They practice sustainable gardening and raise much of their own food on their farm using organic techniques.
She can be found most days in working in her Corn Crib Studio. She has illustrated 3 children’s books. “A Micro-Chip on my Shoulder; A True Story of a Little Poult” written and illustrated by Christina Allen. “Momma Tree” was written by Charles Long and illustrated by Christina. It was published internationally by Dragon Tree Press. And, “A Farmer’s Alphabet” written by Charles Long, Illustrated by Christina Allen, and published by Corn Crib Publishing.
Christina’s micro-publishing company called “Corn Crib Publishing” published “A Micro-Chip On My Shoulder; A True Story of a Little Poult” internationally, as a hardcover. AND it has been released as an ebook for Kindle!! (Look for it on Amazon.)
Christina got her BFA from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI and her Master’s from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
See more original art on my Artworks page…
See what’s happening On the Farm…