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A Wildflower holiday party features local authors

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A Wildflower is hosting a holiday party 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 spotlighting three local authors and their new books.
Sarah Hauck |

A Wildflower isn’t just for flowers during their holiday party 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7.

Local authors Wanda Coyan, Karen Dustman and Judy Wickwire will be in the shop to introduce their new book “WildCrafting: A Guide to Alpine Plants,” during the party.

“WildCrafting” is a beautiful book filled with color photos of our regions flora and fauna,” A Wildflower employee and friend of the author Laurie Hickey said.

The book is filled with a variety of practical uses from medicinal to which ones are edible and how to prepare and use them, which ones are poisonous and important to avoid.

The book also includes several tested recipes that can be made from local flora and fauna.

A Wildflower is known for the use of unique materials in floral designs such as branches and other innovative materials to create unique and dramatic designs.

“‘WildCrafting’ is a perfect fit with our creative A Wildflower designs,” Hickey said.

The inspiration for the book was Coyan’s knowledge and use of all things wild.

Coyan grew up in Tennessee, hiking the fields and forests near her home, with her mother, gathering and using what they collected for dinner and medicine.

Like all children she listened and learned but, of course, it was more about the adventure, not the wild mustard or turnip greens they gathered for dinner.

After years of hunting, fishing and hiking with her family in the Sierra Mountains the interest in edible wild plants was rekindled.

Coyan has studied local plants searched out pioneer recipes and uses that are all included in the book.

Wickwire has lived here most of her life and is well known for her photography.

“The beautiful color photos that adorn every page of ‘Wildcrafting’ were taken by her,” Hickey said. “Judy knew the more common plants and there uses but always wanted to know more. After more than a year of field work with Wanda taking photos from sprouting to full bloom, at harvest time to the fall when they produce their seeds, Judy has gained a wealth of knowledge about local flora and fauna.”

Dustman, a friend of Wanda and Judy, who has authored several local history books brought her knowledge of production and design to the project.

“These three friends combined their interest and expertise and talent to produce a one-of-a-kind book,” Hickey said.

Dustman’s “Ghost of the Sierra”, the story of Silver Mountain City will also be featured along with two other books on local history.

“Any of the books would make wonderful gifts for those hard-to-buy for members of everyone’s family,” Hickey said. “These books would be great coffee table pieces or Christmas gifts.”

A Wildflower will have their wreathes, centerpieces, arrangements, ornaments, custom-designed stockings on display kicking off the holiday season.

A drawing and refreshments will be served.

Also participating in events are Blue Cow, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry and East Fork Gallery.

All of the businesses are located at 1503 Highway 395, in The Record-Courier Center, in Gardnerville.

For more information about A Wildflower’s holiday party call 782-7579.