‘Funky Little Flower Farm’ stories include memories like my coming out, of being with my father on his deathbed and Momma’s memories of her grandparents. I want to share them, but I want control over how they get published now and forever. When I struck a book deal with a publisher for my first book,… Read More
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Patrick, the client, turned this garden design upside down. The original plan was for a spiffy lap pool. But Patrick loves to cook and he really wanted an outdoor kitchen; not the kind with stainless steel appliances and an keg-erator. But a real outdoor kitchen complete with a pantry full of fruits and veggies. We… Read More
Late summer here extends into September and October. Plants love it. This is the best time of year for gardens in the south. I like to garden visit now, everything is full and flowing, purple and orange, dripping with weight of summer growth and buzzing with moths and the energy of life. Here are few… Read More
Wisdom accumulates. Self taught, old southern gardeners were my mentors who instilled fascination with the earth. They saw soil devistation and worked tirelessly to build the soil, forest and fields we have today.
I’ll tell stories of those people while looking at the good work and the missteps the made.
We’ll meet people who use plants, worms, mushroom and a little magic to grow beautiful soil — which means beautiful plants. We’ll look at fun ways to build soil now; ways inspired by old gardeners but updated on our organic lily farm.
I’ve created internship programs in each botanical garden I established. Recently, on our own lily farm. This presentation is about sustainable, earth friendly gardening and passing on the responsibility and love of both.
No-till agriculture helps stop our huge, hidden erosion issues. There are all sorts of advantages (and a few disadvantages). No-till is a serious change in our food production. I often tell gardeners that even at home, we need to go no-till too. Most of our garden design and installation is no-till. Our little organically managed… Read More
My experiences with students, especially interns in horticulture.
Why would a wildlife conservation magazine ask me to write for them? I don’t get it either — kept thinking it was some sort of scam. “Could you write on how gardening soothes the restless soul?”, they asked. Well that just struck a cord and I wrote a very person story. It’s in their magazine,… Read More
You know how they have classes for college freshmen intended to weed out the slackers? Well, back then, I was a self weeder. After an academically embarrassing freshman year, I left Clemson to do an internship with the Greenery on Hilton Head Island; spraying all the chemicals it takes to keep that fantasy world green…. Read More