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Rosemary 'Foxtail' in fall mist.

Mother’s Day Lily Farm Gathering

Mother’s Day Plant Sale!  We occassionally spiff up the farm and invite guest. Announcements for these private events go out via our email list only. Gatherings for cool gardeners, for great clients and old friends, we limit guest numbers but don’t charge anything. These are thank you days.   My Momma, Gloria Farmer is the… Read More

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Inspired by Past; Gardening for Today in Historic Spots

Living in historic homes means caring for, respecting the past.  But making the place work for today. It also can mean wresting with huge challenges of parts of the past we find appalling today.

Jenks discusses gardens he’s designed for today on site from Antebellum to Mid-Century Modern. Enjoy slides, stories of wresting with the past.

And get a peak at his new book, which describes modern life on his families 1750 era farmstead near Aiken SC.

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Earthform urn with a craborchard stone block surround.

Earthforming a Rustic Urn

The circular patio holds a 1,000 pound urn. We made it.  It’s a seating bench, a place to rest a drink or plate and it is an urn for a Japanese Apricot tree.   The earth-formed texture, (as well as patio texture) come from our farm’s clay, roots and thick weave burlap.  In the sides, there… Read More

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Snow Drop

The Earliest of Flower Gardens

There’s a patch of paper whites and snow drops in our pasture that’s older than I am. Just behind the little shed that’s been pony shed, goat shed and now donkey shed. Those are the kinds of bulbs I want in my gardens. From a practical stand point, because they come back, they thrive and… Read More

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Soil Building Tips; From Our Organic Lily Farm to Your Yard

Mixing old farming with new scientific understandings, we use soil building plants, composting, no-till gardening to constantly build our soils.  Mixed into our organically managed lily farm fields, veggies, flowers and fruit trees  do work — and add taste and food to the life of our farm (and our farm crew and family).

In our garden design business, we use many of the same techniques to build soils  in backyards, tiny courtyards, urban parking lots and even rooftop gardens.  Join Jenks for a look at how good soil building practices on the farm can be transferred to home gardens.

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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