Hardy Apples – Bob Osborne and Beth Powning

AX Reading Series presents: Hardy Apples with Bob Osborne and Beth Powning

Sunday, September 25, 2:00 p.m.
In-person AX Gallery
Cost: Free, donations encouraged

Join us at AX on Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m., as we host Bob Osborne and Beth Powning as part of the AX Reading Series. Bob, owner of Corn Hill Nursery, will read from “Hardy Apples” and will discuss his research and path to publication, as well as apple history, cultivation and pests. Beth will touch on the photography process as well as their collaboration, which began with a handshake at a potluck supper back in 1989. There will be a question and answer period following the discussion. 

Although Knock’s Café is closed on Sunday, AX will have a bartender on hand to serve refreshments.

Atlantic Books had this to say about “Hardy Apples”:

Hardy Apples is both a practical guide and a loving tribute to the wonderful abundance and diversity of apple cultivars available to the northern gardener and orchardist. Full of tips, facts, beautiful photographs and fascinating stories about apples both popular and obscure, this book is sure to inform and entertain in equal measure.

About Bob Osborne

Bob Osborne, author of Hardy Apples, is the owner of Corn Hill Nursery in New Brunswick, Canada. He moved to Markhamville, New Brunswick from Connecticut in 1972, where he made furniture for 10 years before moving to Corn Hill in 1980, and founded Corn Hill Nursery in 1982. He is a gardening author, a columnist on CBC radio, and a member of several horticultural organizations.

About Beth Powning

Beth Powning, photographer of Hardy Appleslives in New Brunswick. She has published seven books: Home – Chronicle of a North Country Life; Shadow Child; The Hatbox Letters; Edge Seasons; The Sea Captain’s Wife; A Measure of Light  and The Sister’s Tale. Her books have been long-listed for the Dublin International Fiction Award, and been short-listed for numerous awards such as the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and The Edna Staebler Award, as well as being Globe and Mail Best Books. She has attended literary festivals in England, Ireland, the USA, and across Canada. Her latest novel, The Sister’s Tale, was an immediate Canadian best-seller.  Beth Powning has photographed four previous books, including Hardy Roses with Bob Osborne.


Thanks to the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and the Government of Canada. This reading is also made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.