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Grangran’s Gumdrop Tree

My grandfather cooked.   He set the table with “Old Britain Castles” china; he painted and gardened.  Maybe because the lessons were so constant, from birth on, I don’t recall him teaching me gardening things.  But I know the palmetto tree by the back steps was one he dug up on Hunting Island; I know he… Read More

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Tom Writes About Hay Day

Beech Island, South Carolina. The City of two untruths. There’s no beach, and there’s no island. There is a third untruth, but I’m ahead of myself. Jenks and I went to see our friend and neighbor Mark, on Friday morning. His Thanksgiving was as perfect as ours. Mark grows and bales a beautiful, healthy hay,… Read More

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Conjunction Junction; A Lady who Loves Her Function….

A young family who’s trying to mix modern needs into the garden of a historic Mediterranean Revival home. An 86-year-old gentleman, from the wrong side of the tracks, who enlisted in the US Navy at 16 having lied about his age. The person who organized fundraising events and presentations for the New Orleans Botanical Garden…. Read More

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Persimmon Trees in Gardens

Speaking with an elderly friend today, I asked about how to get around some issues of growing persimmon trees.  He launched into a long story about an abandoned grove he recalled in south Georgia with a long aside about  his old friend who’d discovered the grove in full fruit.  At one point he said, “It… Read More

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Heart on the Farm

Since my book came out in April, I’ve been from Philadelphia to Jacksonville talking about it.   I’ll continue this winter west to Saint Louis and New Orleans. But for a few weeks during the most beautiful part of South Carolina’s year, I get to do presentations and readings to my home state friends.  And enjoy… Read More

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Garden Visiting in the Upstate of South Carolina

After a few intense weeks with hands in the dirt, focused on getting new crinum planted and on getting lots of fall leaf crop and spring flower seeds in the ground, I took a little road trip up to the red hills, around Rock Hill, Great Falls, Jenkinsville and Charlotte. Here are 20 pics from… Read More

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