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Ghost in the Crinum Field —- A Massive Bulb Stimulates Weird Thoughts While the Garden Crew Works

I see things nobody else does.  Snapshots, little fictional scenarios flash through my head.  Does that happen to you?   Today when we were digging the biggest of big bulbs, Crinum ‘Fiesta’, it happened.  Leaning on shovels next to me, two nice fella’s who I thought would never have a black thought like the one I pushed… Read More

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Pat, Jenks, Bob Fuller, Jim Porter, Rhett Anders

25 Years Ago Riverbanks Botanical Garden Opened — I Was Mad in the Photo!

Which mean 27 years ago, I left my adopted home of Seattle to move back to Columbia, South Carolina.  It was culture shock to be sure!  Columbia was still pretty much a small town with a lot of Bible Belt ways.  An amazing group of people established a vision, political support to establish a new… Read More

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Stone Cold

I sat down at the bar at Hunter Gather alone.  It’s warm and dark, the kind of place strangers talk. A few other farmers, craftsmen, tradesmen types were always there at 4 p.m.  One time, I was telling some guy a story. I’d explained how my farm is an hour out of town and that… Read More

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Back then it was really isolated. No phone, a generator for power, Daddy's little cabin had a flush toilet, but we used a hose out back for a shower. 

Southern Peat Bogs, Old Men and A New Farm Ethic

On a hot October Saturday, family had gathered to bury my youngest cousin. It was on the funeral home front porch that first cousin twice removed, Bill, started a conversation. Sitting in a rocking chair, a tiny plate of deviled eggs in his football player lap, I guessed he was about 75.  He was almost… Read More

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