Planting Trees. Building Ponds. Listening Fathers.

“We’ll plant the cypress grove over here. See? We’ll curve it this way.” I walk along the muddy bank, swinging my arms in a broad curve.   “Yeah, I like that. Blends the cypress pond into the garden. Dad’s cottage will go over there, on the point, where the lake turns east.” Mac looks to see…

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Moths & Me. Lured In By An Ancient Cycle of Milk & Wine Lily Variation

  When two individuals of the same plant species cross-pollinate, the seeds and resulting plants vary in size, flower color, petal shape, and even vigor. That variation among individuals, good for people and animals too, ensures adaptability and continuity of the species. Variations bring flexibility and strengths. Over hundreds of millions of years, some plants…

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The Compost Bin Structure That Iris Built

Iris is in her second year of internship on the farm. She’s a student at a nearby arts high school and she’s recently been accepted into a summer month-long writing program at Berry College near Rome Georgia. As a part of her winter project, she reviewed various compost bin designs, selected one, then built a…

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Farm & Flower Sunset Cruise

Take your shoes off for an end-of-the-day walk through the farm and garden. Join Jenks, Tom, and the farm and flower crews to get connected with the earth. Lots of lilies and lots of veggies will be ready, we’ll learn about them as well as soil building, farming, and connoisseur plants — with a glass…

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Jenkster’s Parsley Party Salsa

It’s too easy to grow and too good for your body to be used only as a garnish.  Years ago, I came up with this way to use a lot parsley in a salsa — it is an unexpected crowd-pleaser inspired by a trip to Cambodia! The ingredients list is below.  Here’s what to do:…

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Pineapple Lily; A Thoroughly Modern Bulb with a Quirky History

GARDEN STYLES It’s the easiest of summer bulbs to fit into any landscape or garden. Pineapple lilies grow readily, make great cut flowers and you can propagate them yourself from leaf cuttings. Alone or featured in a pot, it’s modern and architectural. A long row of burgundy leaves against a stark white wall fits into…

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Bamboo Privacy Hedge in a Narrow Space

25 years ago, the real estate agents didn’t like it. “Too cheap.” They said, “You can afford more.” “Iffy neighborhood,” they said, “Two young gay guys, y’all should be looking in the happening parts of town.” Ultimately, we got the professionals to understand what we wanted, what we didn’t want — to spend every dime…

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Plant List for Greenville Master Gardeners — Funky Little Flower Farm

The Bulb Lawn Ornithogalum umbellatum  Star of Bethlehem Southern Snowflake  Leucojum aesiveticum  Read More Muscari neglectum  Grape Hyacinth Tulipa clusiana   Lycoris radiata Red Spider Lily   Read More Lycoris sprengeri   Tie-die Spider Lily   Summer Bulbs Haemanthis aka Scadoxis   Blood Lily Read More Amorphophalus sp.   Read More Hymenocallis harrisiana Mexican River…

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No One Knows Best

On our farm, in our garden design work, we work as a team with a common goal. Everyone chips in for digging, washing, boxing, welcoming guests, and cleaning tools. But everyone gets to explore passions and develop skills.  Sam Engler’s writing talent has awed me since he started here – at 16 years old. Home…

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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 a new…

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