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The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. Check out our 2021 schedule! All events will be presented on Zoom. In-person activities for Saturday, September 18th have been cancelled, and the festival will be online only.

Thursday, Oct. 7: Fall Reading Series: Lyndon Penner

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Way of the Gardener

Reverence takes on a new meaning in this original memoir of an avid gardener walking the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago has been a journey for pilgrims for more than 1,000 years, testing–to varying degrees–their spirit, faith, and physical endurance. Lyndon Penner’s attention lies elsewhere. A renowned gardener and lover of literature, he revels in the plants, trees, and flowers that tell the history of the people and ecology of northern Spain. Brimming with wry observations–of nature, himself, and other pilgrims on the road–The Way of the Gardener reveals the beauty and the darkness of the human condition while underscoring the deeply fascinating nature of nature itself.

  • Biography & Memoir
  • Gardening
  • Nonfiction

Lyndon Penner

Lyndon Penner grew up in Saskatchewan but spent a significant portion of his adult life in Alberta. (*Including Lethbridge.) He has been intrigued by plants and gardening for as long as anyone can remember and is able to talk about plants for hours at a time with even just the slightest bit of encouragement. A professional gardener for more than 20 years, many of us know Lyndon from his time working as a guide in Waterton Lakes National Park as well as our own Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. A popular guest speaker and lecturer for universities, colleges, and horticultural societies, Lyndon has written several best-selling books and is now the head gardener for Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.