I sat down at the bar at Hunter Gather alone. People talk there. One time, I was telling some guy a story. He stopped me mid story and said, “You’re that guy who gets up at 4:30 makes gardens all day, then eats lentils and goes to bed.” How do you respond to that? I… Read More
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When I first meet with the owners of Blue Poppy Farm, we stood surrounded by endless turf. They said, “We ride the horses into the woods around here and it’s so beautiful out there. ” Can you make this look more like that?” The transition will take years. The long term goal includes Sandhills meadow… Read More
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.
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
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
When we were younger, Andy and I bonded over a project inspired by a mule-drawn plow and the death of an old man. An inspiring old man: a visionary, a looking-to-the-future old man who’d used and loved old farm tools. He’d done well, lived well, and raised a family, who had hired us young guys… Read More
There’s a term I remember from the putty-green workrooms of Clemson’s agricultural building. I overheard from the hall, a professor, teaching floral design say something like, ‘You get it right with wire and tape and picks and then you hide those things, you hide the mechanics of flower arranging. He should have used a different… Read More
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