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Figs & Friends — Small Fruits for the Backyard

April 17 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm


If you’re into sustainable food,  join us this hands-on class and lunch at our farm in Beech Island, SC.  Our third annual Figs and Friends!


Learn to grow your own orchard with easy-care, low-spray, high-production fruit trees. How great would it be to walk into your back yard, to pick your own fresh fruit to eat, to cook with, to preserve, and to give away to friends and family?

Let’s cut through the hype and millions of options and learn from  30 years of experience growing in our unique climate.

We’ll focus on figs, persimmons, pawpaw, pomegranates & guava — all sure successes. And we’ll look at a few cold hardy citrus including tangerines, kumquat and even grapefruit.  We can grow citrus outside central Georgia and Carolina!

Based on Jenks’ 30 years of gardening success and failures, you’ll learn what to avoid and how to succeed in the shortest time possible. 

We have a full afternoon planned for you, beginning with a slide presentation and lunch. Then a very personalized tour of the farm fruit trees, followed by dessert,  a fig cocktail and a quick baking lesson from our guest chef — this  includes Momma’s fig-and-lemon pound cake (yes you get the recipe too). 

We’ll round out the day with shopping a curated collection of the best cultivars of persimmon and citrus for your yard.

Teachers: Jenks Farmer shares slides and stories of designing with fruit trees.  Tom Hall and Cole Mitchell lead tours of fruit trees integrated into our gardens &  nursery.  We’re not a fruit farm, we just like fruit — so seeing how we add them to various places can help you see how well some fruit trees fit in. 

Susan Walker of Augusta’s celebrated Frog Hollow Restaurant Group. Susan went Johnson and Wales then worked in Charleston, Kiawah and Pittsburgh. 


April 17
11:30 am - 4:30 pm


Lily Farm
Beech Island, SC 29205 United States + Google Map