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Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

Nature Section - (June 11, 2018) Elephant Garlic, Allium ampeloprasum, is sold at grocery stores!  Did you know you can plant the huge cloves to produce flowers like those in the picture?  Elephant Garlic is a perennial plant. It will grow and then come back and grow next year. Wow!Elephant Garlic is closer to a Leek than a garlic. In cooking, it has a milder taste but does not have all the health benefits of regular garlic. This garlic produces “scrapes” which is the stem with the immature flower head.  ...

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Daddy Boyd's Tub

Daddy Boyd's Tub

Nature Section - (June 11, 2018) When I have visitors in our Garden, I enjoy telling them stories of things they see as part of our garden décor and plants. Things that are most important to me are things connected to a family memory. I love the thought of a heritage garden! One of my most special memories is the story about Daddy Boyd’s Tub. I have this tub in our garden and it makes me smile every time I see it!When I was a little girl, we lived right next ...

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Black Racer Snake

HENRY… Our Black Racer Snake

Nature Section - (June 11, 2018) It’s late spring already and just imagine one morning wandering around your garden enjoying your beautiful flowers with a cool drink in hand.  You can hear the birds singing, feel a gentle breeze, and maybe even a sprinkle or two of rain...a garden moment.  Then you see something moving quickly through the grass into the shelter of nearby plants and your garden moment is lost.  Or is it?  I say “good morning, Henry” to my five foot black snake that’...

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Photo by Master Gardner Bill Gallaway who is also a box turtle lover!

In Love with Box Turtles

Nature Section - (May 14, 2018) I’m in love with box turtles.  Are you in love, too?  Well, probably so for there is something endearing about the box turtle.  When I was young, we were surrounded by woods and meadows, the primary habitat for turtles  It was fun to identify a yellow-belly from a speckle back or a box turtle; and, yes, a snapping turtle, too.  As a gardener, I actually designed our garden, WillowDale, with box turtles in mind along with other reptiles that either, walk, hop, ...

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Give A Gift of Rubies For Mother’s Day

Nature Section - (May 14, 2018) Spring is here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  If you are still looking for the perfect gift, I know just the thing, rubies.  Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the expensive red gem, but I am talking about one of  spring and summers most popular birds, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Even though the weather has been crazy this year, these little jewels are making their way here with a big appetite!!  To ensure you get these &...

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Plant of the month - Succulents!

Nature Section - (May 14, 2018) Succulents, succulents everywhere!  They have been popular for the last few years but even more so this spring.  Everyone knows the Hens and Chickens succulents that our grandmothers grew in their gardens.  They have been stepped up a notch to include Echeverias, Aeoniums, Agaves, Dudleyas and Crassulas to name a few.  These are all popular and can be found at local nurseries. Easy to grow, succulents may be planted in the garden but do exceptionally well in containers.  Use a potting mix such as ...

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South Carolina Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Nature Section - (April 20, 2018) SCBG Spring Plant Sale is one of the largest fundraising events with 100% benefiting the Gardens.  The Plant Sale starts Friday, April 13th from 2 - 6 p.m. for Friends only; Saturday, April 14th 9 - 1 p.m. for the public; and Saturday, April 28th 9 - 1 p.m. for the Public’s 2nd Chance Sale.  There will be an incredible selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, ornamental grasses, bog plants, veggies and annuals, too.  Along with hard to find specimen worthy plants and native ...

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Greenville Council of Garden Clubs Annual Spring Garden Tour scheduled for May 11th & 12th

Nature Section - (April 20, 2018) The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs presents “Gardening for Beauty & Backyard Habitat” Garden Tour on May 11th and 12th, 2018 from 9am-5pm. These 6 beautiful gardens located in the suburbs of Greenville and Greer will offer visitors a tranquil atmosphere where nature’s beauty and wildlife abound!   Tickets can be purchased for $22 prior to the tour or $25 at each garden as well as the following locations:Kilgore-Lewis House     (Wednesday-Friday, 10-2 and on both days of the tour) &...

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Frog Friendly Garden

Nature Section - (April 20, 2018) One of my favorite summer things to do is sitting on our back deck and listening to the sounds of nature.  There was a time, when I first arrived in South Carolina, that the noises of the night were downright intimidating.  Our first year here must have been the coming of the cicada, scary!  But as the light of day fades, the one sound that you can count on is the melody from frogs that come out to feed and play.   My garden is a wildlife ...

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Iris cristata

Plant of the month

Nature Section - (April 20, 2018) While trying to choose just one Iris as Plant of the Month, I found it to be impossible. Though there are many species of Iris, we are going to talk about 3 that bloom in April. The first, which is the smallest, is the Dwarf Crested Iris, Iris cristata.  It grows best in part shade in moist but well drained soil.  If grown in sun, it must be watered consistently. This native plant looks delightful as a ground cover growing down a slope in the garden as it ...

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