A Magical Garden on the Banks of Lake Martin

Several months ago I had the opportunity to cross one off of my “Garden Bucket List”:  a visit to Jim Scott’s 12-acre lakeside property on Lake Martin in central Alabama.  Each year for a two month period, he graciously opens his garden to regional garden clubs.  Several of our club members had toured this legendary […]

The Guilford Garden of Hartford, Alabama

Having first visited the Geneva county garden of Patricia and Buddy Guilford in May of 2008 when it was featured on the annual  garden tour, I quickly became enamoured with their pristine acres of roses, wild flowers, and other perennials and flowering scrubs.   Amid rolling miles of picturesque country roads about 20 miles southwest of […]

The Earth Holds Its Breath for Spring

Although our part of the country has already had periods of frigid temperatures, the past couple of days have been gorgeous with temperatures reaching the mid-60’s.  The garden district of Dothan,  resplendent with the captivating blooms of many vintage camellias, some which are at least 60-80 years old, is a showplace for camellias.  These exquisite […]

Holiday Floral Design with Garden Study Club

Holiday floral design was the theme of Garden Study Club’s November meeting here in Dothan.  Nothing inspires me more than being in a group of expert gardeners who have such a passion for the floral arts!  This long-standing club has been an integral part of the Dothan Area Botanical Garden and is instrumental in planning […]

A Mississippi Garden That Has Come Full Circle

Little did Tracy Kramer realize almost a decade ago when she moved to Pontotoc, Mississippi,  from Annapolis, Maryland, that she would continue a gardening legacy that had been started over forty years ago.  Since Tracy had spent many summers in her youth visiting her aunt and uncle in this quaint northeast Mississippi town, she already […]

An Engagement Celebration

Summer is the season for engagement parties and weddings, and what a  lovely bounty of  late summer flowers was available for an engagement party that my business partner and I had the pleasure of decorating for.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of preparing for the event was having access and cutting rights (of course!) […]

A Walk Through the Clark Garden – Therapy for the Soul

  Tucked in the heart of Dothan’s garden district, Marty Clark’s quintessential cottage garden is truly a gardening masterpiece.   Marty has always admired the structured chaos of cottage gardens, embracing the fact that the structure is loose and that “real” rules of design need not be adhered to.  The classic boxwood lined beds and […]

Celebrating Fifty Years Along Dothan’s Azalea Dogwood Trail

Spring is inaugurated about this time each year in the Dothan area with the long awaited viewing of the Azalea Dogwood Trail scheduled to open this Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014.  With the azalea blooms and Dogwood trees at their peak, local residents as well as visitors from the Florida Panhandle and southwest Georgia can […]

The Grandeur of Camellias: 5th Annual Camellia Show Satuday, February 8, 2014

The Southeastern area of Alabama  along with surrounding areas in Georgia and the Florida Panhandle are renowned for their show stopping camellias.  And, just to mention, camellias are definitely in my top five favorite  garden flowers. I only wished they bloomed twelve months out of the year, but I’ll settle for late fall to early […]