Build Your Soil & Soul with Late Summer Cover Crops

Once I considered writing a book called Farm, Yard, Garden. The premise would be that farming and horticulture are based on the same science but use it for different goals.   What a mistake that would have been. Big agriculture and my farm, yard, or garden have almost nothing in common.   Being a part…

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My Purple Rain Trauma & Gardens Inspired by Classic Album Cover Art

Gardens and music connect us Riverbanks’ horticulture team planted flowers to match iconic album cover art. When Tom and I walked the gardens today, we laughed, talked about our favorite old music, and lingered longer because of this exhibit. He even taught me something; Andy Warhol took the famous zipper-bulging crotch photo for the Rolling…

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Connections Between Plants and People.

 A Story by Summer Intern Iris Moore Every person has their own story and plants are no different. As living things, I find plants to be very personal. If I get a plant from someone I think of it as an extension of them and their relationship with me. Hearing stories from people has helped…

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Cool Plants Have Great Stories Neighborhood Plant Sale

We’ve lived and gardened on Maple Street for 25 years. Of course, our farm is out of town, way out on a sandy road in Aiken county.  For the Melrose Art in the Yard, we’re bringing a selection of cool plants. We’ve picked these based on success on Maple street.  We specialize in Crinum and…

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

We’re happy to offer group tours in the summer of 2021. Group size limit of 30 people with covid safe protocols.  Arrive at 9:30 for a tour of our specialty nursery, and an introduction to the other aspects of the design business.  We’ll walk the fields, hanging out in the shade and learn about our…

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Syllabub! Home Grown Ginger in a Bubble Cocktail

Sillabub with a twist! In my memory and my opinion, syllabub making makes a party. Elaborate contraptions for blowing bubbles into sweetened cream and whiskey become the center of attention and conversation. You can blow the bubbles in all sorts of manners.  Some folks might have an old school, antique syllabub churn, which is basically…

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The Chimney Fire Christmas

If you close your eyes can you conjure up a roaring fire? Can you feel your muscles relaxing as they soak up heat from a roaring fire? Can you feel the bone and soul-penetrating warmth of wood?  That’s what I thought of while I was perched on top of a three-story house one freezing, black…

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Lessons from Grass Puppets & Youngsters

The stories we’ll tell….and a brief history of Indonesian shadow puppet theater called Wayang Kulit. . Geoff and I lead a troop of young adventurers down the sand road. We are family friends, unrelated adults, “fun uncles” hoping to inspire wonder in the three young siblings who trail behind. Not so long ago, we all sat…

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