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“Wastage of soil & moisture…on farm..& forests…a menace to the national welfare”

My great grandfather lived in this house called Gravel Hill. I guess they built it. They grew cotton — like lots of people in the South, owners, hands, gin operators, truck drivers, seedsmen, manure spreaders…… Cotton is a heavy feeder. That means, it pulls tons of minerals from the soil. It takes so much, that… Read More

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What’s the difference between Preservation & Conservation (on a Mountain Reservation)

Tom and I had the pleasure of going to this amazing, formerly private estate that’s been set up as a botanical garden.  Elegant. Sublime.   Designed with the spirit of the place.  Fit into nature, Southern Highland Reserve is open once a month but you could see it on Nov. 12 for their very cool sounding… Read More

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Like It Rough? Rustic Touches for Modern Gardens

One of the most overlooked design elements in modern gardens is the rustic touch. Sleek lined furniture, fine crew-cut turf, solid hedges….if everything is planned and primped, then it’s all boring. Dunaway Gardens has the coolest water feature — gentle streams channeled down a hillside. Sometimes, in formal octagon shaped gardens. Sometimes coursing through carved… Read More

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