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30 Years of Garden Design in the South

Jenks Farmer challenges and southern garden design. He’s been a leader in public and private gardens for the past 30 years.

Jenks will share photos spanning 30 years of design work. And address how his style and garden design in general has changed.

From 80’s style, perennial border artifice to more relaxed styles incorporating heirloom plants and rural landscapes, to todays sustainable, naturalistic meadows, one thing has been consistent; he seeks and insist on the best preforming plants for any design.

Traditional style perennial gardens dominated Jenks’s work and public in the early 90’s

Through 2000’s perennials mixed with shrubs and plantings reflecting the rural heritage dominated Jenks work.Today, Jenks has been a leader in naturalist, environmentally sensitive design such as this marsh-side garden featuring a lawn of native frog fruit (Phylla). As it was unavailable, Jenks grew the frog fruit as sod to be later moved into the garden.

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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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Artisans, Craftsmen and the Foundations of Garden Design

Sometimes I felt as if I was torn between being a scientist and an artist.  So I compromised and became a horticulturist. —  from the design chapter, Finding The Spirit, of Deep Rooted Wisdom, …. I’m too dirty to make gardeny-decorator things that look neat on Pinterest. Sure I can make cool stuff from left… 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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