Question from Janice:
We recently learned that our beautiful home at 2711 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley, CA, was designed by your great grandfather, Thomas Welsh. We had an opportunity to see your book about him at a library. Are any copies available for purchase? Do you know of any other books about him? Many thanks.
Answer from Pat:
My great grandfather was not Thomas Welsh. However, for thirty years my writing name (as the author of books and writer/host of local and national TV programs and videos on gardening, and additionally this blog) has been Pat Welsh. The name Welsh is my married name which I got from my husband, Louis M. Welsh, later Judge Louis M. Welsh, whom I married in 1951.
My maiden name was Patricia Ruth Fisher-Smith, and I was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. My husband’s name was Louis Maximilian Welsh, but he was the step-son of John Lloyd Wright, also an architect like his famous father Frank Lloyd Wright. So I am the step-granddaughter-in-law of Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps this connection caused the confusion? Was your home designed by an architect called Thomas Welsh or was it designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?
My first memoir, “All My Edens: A Gardener’s Memoir” included mention of the Wrights, since I lived next door to my in-laws, John Lloyd Wright and his wife Frances Lloyd Wright for 28 years and John Lloyd Wright designed our home. I recently completed a second memoir (my seventh book) and it tells more about the Wrights than the first one did, but it will not be published for a few years since now is not the right time for it. Meanwhile, I have begun writing a novel, which I hope with become a 3-book saga. I have a great story to tell and am very excited about writing this next book.
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