Farm Lunch & Learn

A little farmstead down a bumpy dirt road, a lot of physical work and some ingenuity — that’s what American agriculture grew up on. Lots of us have come back to that after sowing oats around the globe, running away then thinking we could figure out a way to re-make those farmsteads with new ethic…

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Native Trees Handout

This is a plant list for a presentation for Columbia Green Foundations.  We’ll leave it posted here for just 24 hours!     TIPS Start Small Show Your Root Flare Plant for Diversity Take Care; Water, Lime, and Root Zone   BIG TREES Bald Cyprus            Taxodium distichum ‘Lindsey Skyward’, ‘Shawnee Brave’,…

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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 used 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 of, a…

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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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Farm Days; Garden Lunch & Learn

We’re happy to offer group tours in the summer of 2022. Click here to email inquiry.  Group size limited to 15- 30 people with covid safe protocols. Arrive around 9 a.m. for a tour of our specialty nursery, and an introduction to the other aspects of the design business.  We’ll walk the fields, hang out…

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Syllabub! Home Grown Ginger in a Bubble Cocktail

Syllabub with a twist!  Syllabub is an old school Southern desert. When I was little, the center of neighbors Christmas party was a huge bucket and real, antique syllabub pump.  What’s more fun than making bubbles inside? Syllabub making makes a party. Elaborate contraptions for blowing bubbles into sweetened cream and whiskey become the center…

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The Chimney Fire Christmas

Conjure up a roaring fire.  Feel your muscles relaxing as they soak up heat from soul-penetrating warmth of a wood stove.   That’s not what I felt, perched on top of a three-story house one freezing, under a midnight blue sky, Christmas 1975. Just a boy, barely a teen,  I was actually tied to the…

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