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More Than Useful Plants of the Cherokee

I spent all day yesterday in a symposium on Cherokee and the landscape.  12,000 years of history — each speaker with a focus on how Cherokee used, manipulated, cultivated and unintentionally impacted soil, water, terrain, and particularly plants. Alfie Vick, from University of Georgia and Karen Hall from Clemson were the most plant based of… Read More

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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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Bare Root Pecan

Thanks for Planting Pecan Trees

Dusk and a light rain.  I’m on Sunday rounds, checking out weekend work; what got planted, moved, nailed, or tuned-up over the weekend of work.  Someone left a beer in the cooler; still cold enough so I’ll sit and observe from a chair and indulge in a breakfast porter. Under my feet, protein. Tasty protein… Read More

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Plants without Plastic Pots

Worried about all those plastic water bottles? Think about your gardening life too and ask, why do new plants have to come in plastic pots? They don’t.  Some plants don’t even like plastic pots — so you can’t even buy them in nurseries. I love potless-plants because they’re easy, cheap, they have stories and because… 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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