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Garden & Dog Road Trip

Thousands of pictures wait to be edited; high end malls with extravagant palm plantings, blue water swim days at the dog beach, vine laden tropical gardens and brilliant displays of plants at the Tropical Plants and Landscape Show. Friends and gag pics.  Dog profiles and gardens. A 1,700 mile road trip to south Florida with… Read More

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Kill the Confederate Myths: 5 Better Vines for Southern Shade

When we started building Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 20+ years ago, we had to deal with a Pennsylvanian’s idea of southern architecture. The building, walls and walkways of some grandiose vision of antebellum structures that only ever existed in bad movies.  It reminded me that, as a teen, I loved Aunti Mame as much as any… Read More

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Stalking Supple Jack on the Salkehatchie

Some guys go duck hunting on Christmas.  Some people go to movies.  Momma and I went in search of an elusive vine: Supple Jack.  To be honest, the vine isn’t rare, but its home is in blackwater swamps.  Special places, also home to cotton mouths and deep holes hidden in black water, but in winter,… Read More

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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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