A little farmstead down a bumpy dirt road, a lot of physical work and some ingenuity — that’s what American agriculture grew up on. Lots of us have come back to that after sowing oats around the globe, running away then thinking we could figure out a way to re-make those farmsteads with a new ethic of inclusivity, healthfulness, and earthiness.
Y’all come check it out. Bring your garden, botany or history group out for a morning immersed in Southern farm life.
We host groups of 15- 30 people. If you have a larger group, please inquire about options.
A typical day looks like this:
Arrive around 9:30 a.m. for a cup of coffee and an overview of our company, farm and family.
10-11:15 We’ll tour the lily fields. Along the way, you’ll learn about our ecological approach to agriculture as well as some history of how Southern lands have been abused. We’ll talk about nocturnal pollinators, and make a stop in the area where we grow specialty plants for specific garden design projects.
Then we’ll break for lunch. We have an excellent caterer who makes healthy, fun meals in keeping with our garden philosophy. Susan has been a professional chef and is a certified health coach. There’s usually a little something from the farm included in lunch and if she’s up to it, Momma makes pound cake cupcakes.
12:30 -1:30 Enjoy a walk-around history of the 1750’s house and the flowers and heirloom plants of Gloria’s garden. It’s an old-school Southern cottage garden with bottle trees, old-fashioned roses, a grave or two, and lots of curious plants. Step into our artfully renovated 1890s barn which now holds an office, classroom, and guest quarters. Enjoy energy efficient, sunken cobb studio we built with local trees and compacted earth.
At some point, you’ll meet the donkey and dog and sometimes Jenks will entertain with a brief reading of a story of growing up on the farm.
Spend a few minutes shopping for plants, books, and merchandise. We’ll have special deals and great prices on all sorts of plants that we grow — from our specialty crinum to rare ferns and perennials. And we’re happy to dig fresh anything from the field that’s caught your eye.
If you’d like to extend the day, we work with Redcliffe Plantation just down the dirt road. They offer cool tours.
Cost $35 to $65 per person depending on your menu preferences. Tours rain or shine. We are covid safe.