Augustus Jenkins Farmer III writes about plants, gardens, farming and life. His two books are;
Deep Rooted Wisdom; Stories and Lessons from Generations of Gardeners. 2014 Timber Press
Funky Little Flower Farm. 2019 Artisan Creative Group
Jenks has written for popular publications since 1990. Rodale’s Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening and Horticulture. His stories have been published in GreenPrints and Bare Essential Wildlife Journal of Australia.
And he’s been published in professional journal such as Botanic Gardens Conservation International and The Public Garden.
Jenks is a renaissance plantsman. He fell in love with the natural world while growing up in a family of artists, musicians, and farmers. Jenks went on to get a more formal education in plant sciences at Clemson University and then botanical garden design at the University of Washington.
For 20 years, he’s led teams to establish and plant the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens. He is the former director of Riverbanks Botanical Garden and founding horticulturist of Moore Farms Garden. His designs for homes, museums, and businesses have received recognition and awards and have delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors with the joyful, easy exuberance of hand-crafted gardens.
An engaging storyteller and teacher, Jenks has a real talent for getting people of all ages and from all walks of life to go outside and get their hands dirty. He’s also presented lectures for groups as varied as the North Carolina State Agricultural faculty, the Smithsonian, Wave Hill, Master Gardener clubs, and, of course, his grandmother’s Allendale Ladies Afternoon Reading Club.