Posts tagged ‘Master Gardener program’

March 30, 2012

Friday Fieldtrip::Springtime in the South

by heatherkp

I have a lot going on behind the scenes and I’m not quite ready to share as I mentioned in a previous post BUT…I want to share some of what I’ve been doing!  I recently decided to apply to volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens and last Tuesday I was “interviewed” and “oriented” to become a part of that team.  I am so excited, as a Master Gardener in both Maryland and Georgia I’ve been itching to get my hands in the dirt here and begin to learn more about the coastal plants I’m not familiar with.  The Master Gardener program in SC is run through Clemson and I missed the cut off for the first class of the year so while I’m waiting and deciding if I want to continue as a Master Gardener here I opted to jump into the Brookgreen opportunity!  This place is one of my favorite public gardens, anywhere, ever!

Here is the daily display of the flowers in bloom.  This is not a comprehensive display but it represents alot of what’s blooming on any given day.  It’s the sneak peak of goodies to be seen and smelled.

This bottle tree is in the education center garden which includes edible crops such as rice, corn, medicinal herbs, greens and other seasonal crops.  I love the Southern tradition of bottle trees in the garden, they are said to catch evil spirits as they get caught the colorful bottles after being entranced.

Look at all these blooming beauties!  Azaleas, Delphinium, Larkspur, Poppies and many other springtime favorites were in bloom.  With the warm winter and spring we are having, the daffodils were almost done blooming but there were some incredible combinations of flowers not typically in bloom together.  March is typically a “dangerous” month in low country gardens that border marshy areas, snakes and alligators are coming out of hibernation and I was startled by one in an unexpected spot as I was trying to get some shots.  I’ll be learning a lot more about where they like to hang out and I’ll be using extreme caution!  I am typically a pretty fearless gardener but I have a healthy respect for these potentially deadly creatures.  Avoidance will be my main tactic, along with long pants, closed toe shoes and gloves when reaching into hidden areas.

I am thrilled to just be able to go soak in the beauty and contribute to sharing that with all the visitors who come there.  I’m sure you will be hearing and seeing more of my Brookgreen experience over the months to come.  If you ever get to Myrtle Beach or Charleston, it’s worth the little extra drive to visit this garden which also includes a comprehensive sculpture collection and a lot of plantation history.

November 11, 2011

Farewell Friday

by heatherkp

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the people, places and unique aspects of my life in Maryland.  This area is dear to me for so many reasons, a little list of what I will miss the most follows.

  • All the amazing and FREE Museums in DC just a short metro ride away.
  • The beautiful autumn colors in the trees along with brisk cool weather alternating with Indian Summer.

  • My parents, best friends and new friends made over the past 6 years.
  • Being a short train ride (or drive) away from NYC and my brother.
  • The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

  • Blue crabs!!!

  • Cultural diversity, I look around at my neighborhood, people in their cars, in the grocery stores etc and love all the differences.
  • Rolling hills leading to the Shenandoah and Appalachian mountains.
  • Fantastic food like my favorite vegetarian Indian restaurant, Madras Palace,( just 5 min’s from my house), Addies, Clydes and Benjarong to name a few.
  • Living History all around.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • The Master Gardener program.  I’ve met and been inspired to learn so much more about gardening from this talented group.
  • Some great Yoga and Nia instructors and fellow class mates!  I’ve grown, stretched and danced my way to better fitness.

Oh, I’m sure there is more but these are some of the things I’ve been really trying to soak in over the past weeks as we prepare to leave.  There is one thing here I will not miss, the increasingly horrible traffic!

I’ll miss you Maryland but I’ll be back!

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