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Axis Point A Story of Garden Design from Concept to Installation by Sam Thorp Engler

It all started with a new house and an empty yard. A clean slate if you will. A canvas that would soon prove to introduce a dream garden that ultimately ties this lonely brick home into a fluent mixture of architecture and landscape.  A mid century-modern masterpiece. I have had the pleasure of working on… Read More

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Stone Cold

I sat down at the bar at Hunter Gather alone.  People talk there. One time, I was telling some  guy a story. He stopped me mid story and said, “You’re that guy who gets up at 4:30 makes gardens all day, then eats lentils and goes to bed.” How do you respond to that? I… 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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Jenks with a freshly dug, ready to ship crinum bulb.

Why I Decided to Self-Publish

‘Funky Little Flower Farm’ stories include memories like my coming out, of being with my father on his deathbed and Momma’s memories of her grandparents. I want to share them, but I want control over how they get published now and forever. When I struck a book deal with a publisher for my first book,… Read More

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Earthform urn with a craborchard stone block surround.

Earthforming a Rustic Urn

The circular patio holds a 1,000 pound urn. We made it.  It’s a seating bench, a place to rest a drink or plate and it is an urn for a Japanese Apricot tree.   The earth-formed texture, (as well as patio texture) come from our farm’s clay, roots and thick weave burlap.  In the sides, there… Read More

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Etioliated Sweet Potato

You’re making me Blanch…Etioliation

Etiolation: You know when you leave a bucket on the grass and all the grass under it goes sort of pale green and white?  That is etioliation.  It’s a plant response to trying to grow in low light intensity. When it finally reaches the sun, it starts to turn green (that is de-etiloation). We eat… Read More

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Mother’s Day on the Lily Farm

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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Farmer Explains Why He Changed to No-till Tractors

No-till agriculture helps stop our huge, hidden erosion issues.  There are all sorts of advantages (and a few disadvantages).  No-till is a serious change in our food production.   I often tell gardeners that even at home, we need to go no-till too.   Most of our garden design and installation is no-till. Our little organically managed… Read More

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