The Port St. Joe Public Library will host Dick Wall during its next Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7.

The Port St. Joe Public Library will host Dick Wall during its next Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Wall is the husband of the late author of “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart,” the first-person, nonfiction story about Carol Wall’s unlikely friendship with Giles Owita, a Kenyan-born landscape designer who took on the arduous task of rehabilitating Wall’s neglected yard in Roanoke, VA. More importantly, though, he tended to Wall’s wounded spirit. Diagnosed with cancer before she met Owita, Wall had begun to lose faith in her religion, humanity and herself. The book follows their blossoming friendship; their unusual relationship creating a bond that bridged their disparate backgrounds and taught them both about the wonderful secrets life has in store.

Wall received her third cancer diagnosis in 2013, just a few months before “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” was published by Amy Einhorn Books. Wall was too sick to make appearances, and she passed away in December 2014, just nine months after publication.

Since Carol’s passing, the Wall family, led by her husband Dick, has redoubled their efforts to promote Carol’s work. Dick has traveled the east coast speaking at festivals and events.

The Wall children say that promoting their mother’s book also helps with their grieving and has pulled them closer together, even as distance separates them. Carol Wall may be gone, but her legacy lives on in her work and in her family.

“It’s not hard to talk about her,” Dick said, “I like to talk about her. I have to talk about her.”