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Figs & Friends: Growing, harvesting, and eating from your own backyard orchard

May 13 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm



If you’re into growing your own sustainable food in your backyard, you’ll definitely want to attend this hands-on event at our farm in Beech Island, SC.

Our focus for the day will be on creating your own little orchard with easy-care, low-spray, high-production fruit trees. Think how great it would be to walk into your back yard and pick your own fresh fruit to eat, to cook with, to preserve, and to give away to friends and family. We’ll focus on figs, persimmons, pomegranates, loquats, and ume. You’ll learn where to plant them, the soil to use to make them happy and, most importantly, which varieties to plant. We’ll learn about the best options for central Georgia and Carolina.

We have a full morning planned for you, beginning with an engaging orientation and tasting of the fruits of the day. Then a very personalized tour of the farm to see our fruit trees (veggie garden, chickens, lilies, and donkeys, too). Next we’ll take some time to share stories and develop friendships over a sumptuous lunch that will  conclude with some of Momma’s fig-and-lemon pound cake.

After a little time to digest, we’ll begin a hands-on propagation project, during which you’ll learn how to propagate these trees and will even be able to take a fig cutting home to plant in your back yard. We’ll round out the day discovering a curated collection of the best cultivars of small fruit trees for your yard.

We’ll have our favorite easy-care small fruit trees (including figs) for sale, too.

David Hutchison, owner of the Book Tavern in Augusta, will join us with a fig-and-friends selection of books recommended by Jenks for you to browse and buy. There will be nonfiction titles that can serve as great resource books for you as well as fiction titles that will get you (and keep you) in the mood for your very own freshly grown figs and persimmons, pomegranates, loquats, and ume.


Tom Hall
Tom Hall owns and operates Plantsman Specialty Nursery with Jenks. He’s been an organic food advocate for years, passionately growing organic food plants on the farm among the crinum lilies for 10 years. Tom will lead tours and help you pick the best fruit trees for your garden.
Jenks Farmer
Jenks Farmer, the nationally recognized author of Deep-Rooted Wisdom, designs gardens and landscapes for clients around the country. In addition to using crinum lilies in his designs, he also likes to incorporate easy-to-grow, beautiful edibles in his landscapes. He’s organically grown figs, loquats, and other fruits his whole life.
Gerald McIntosh
Gerald McIntosh managed a small urban orchard with DC Greens — a non-profit dedicated to helping young people garden and eat well. Gerald moved to South Carolina to work with our farm and garden-design business and recently worked with Jenks to plant a garden with over 18 different edibles and a killer pizza oven!


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Lunch Menu

Chicken Salad or Vegetable Sandwich
New Potatoes From Our Garden
Brown Rice Salad
Fig-Lemon Pound Cake
Coffee or Tea



8:00 a.m.Arrival with Meet-And-Greet
8:30 a.m.Discovery Session: Our Top Five Choices of Easy-Care Small Fruit Trees (with a fruit tasting)
9:30 a.m.Farm Tour
11:00 a.m.Hands-On Learning Session: Pruning and Propagation
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.Book and Plant Sale


May 13
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Lily Farm
Beech Island, SC 29205 United States + Google Map