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Picklin’ Okra

Our focus will be learning to pickle okra.  Gloria will teach her method and you’ll prep two jars of pickled okra.  We’ll get them cooked and ready to go home while you hang out with Chris Smith, author of the brand new book The Whole Okra.

Chris, young and energetic, grows over 70 varieties of okra.  And he might bring okra infused vodka and we’ll all sample.  He’ll also have fresh okra to take home so you can make more to share with friends and family.

We’ll focus on using okra for food and fun — it’ll be hot and we’ll mostly be inside.  But we’ll also do a lily farm tour — and if you want, pick okra from the farm.  Bring long sleeves for this part!

We have a full afternoon planned for you with light snacks recipes and all things okra.  Then a very personalized tour of the farm including the new classroom built into our 1900’s barn.

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Rosemary 'Foxtail' in fall mist.

Mother’s Day Special Plant Sale

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.   We dig bulbs of course and… Read More

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Jenks with a freshly dug, ready to ship crinum bulb.

Why I Decided to Self-Publish

‘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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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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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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A New Years Resoilution

In this year, when we walk let’s walk walk with big, amazing steps. Considering every every cell and bone and where each foot falls. Connect to the life below each step. Feel the the tiny creatures in their universe below ground. When we garden this year, let’s weed, kneel, dig, spray in ways that make… Read More

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Hay Bales to Flower Fields

How our little farm has transitioned over the decades.  And how that is a reflection of what people want in their own back yards….and what society wants and needs.

 

I know it sounds deep and boring. But really it will be a bunch of great stories including donkeys, grandmothers, interns and lessons about soil and flowers!

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Bees, Bugs, Bulbs

Farm Open Day!  Enjoy a beautiful fall day on the lily farm and in Momma’s garden Pre-registration and RSVP required. (Please send email to bulbmen@gmail.com)

We’ll have a theme this time and guest lecturers!  It’s all about bees and bugs — things that pollinate plants.

We’ll also have crinum bulbs, jonquils and seeds to plant in fall which attract pollinators.  There’ll be insect themed pottery, bug books and other great early Christmas shopping!

Also, an artist friend who has an amazing, creative garden will open her place for afternoon tours.  Details and directions will be sent when you pre-register.
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Io moth caterpillar on Crinum 'Pink Trumpet'

Io moth caterpillar on Crinum ‘Pink Trumpet’

 

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Passing On Deep Rooted Wisdom

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.

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