Hormel Historic Home: Lillian 'Belle' Hormel remembered for green thumb

Continuing with the flower theme this month, some words about Lillian Hormel and her love of gardening.

Lillian "Belle" Hormel had a green thumb. She loved to garden and was known for growing beautiful flowers in Austin and later in California.

Gertrude E. Skinner, a lifelong friend, wrote about Belle's gardening skills in an obituary from the Austin Daily Herald: "She loved flowers and her home in California gave her full opportunity to develop this art. In a city (Bel Air, Calif.) noted for its beautiful gardens, the Hormel home ranked among the finest. The brilliant sheets of bouganvillea that climb on walls and terrace are seen long before the house itself challenges admiration. In this garden grow rare and unusual plants beside the humbler wild flowers of Minnesota, which were transplanted with such care and efforts. It was only of her garden that Mrs. Hormel boasted."

This Week at the HHH

Monday, April 26 Tour from Burnsville, Minn. - 11 a.m.


Tuesday, April 27 Spring Card Party - 12 p.m.Lunch is served at noon followed by an afternoon of card play. Prize to each table high score. Cost is $9 per person. Sign up at the HHH office at 433-4243.

Wednesday, April 28 Tour from Rochester - 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 29 Ladies Floral Club Book Luncheon - 12 p.m.

Coming up at the HHH

Floral Enchantment

Make plans now to attend the R & R spring fund raiser: Floral Enchantment on Tuesday, May 4. Arrive at 11 a.m. for special shopping opportunities including handmade jewelry and pottery. At 11:45 a.m., doors open to the hall, transformed into a floral wonderland. Lunch will be served promptly at 12 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved now with the HHH office at 507-433-4243.

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