Creating a natural garden

I like to do some short classes and programs for our local Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

A volunteer-led organization, the classes are taught by volunteers and organized by paid staff members (based in Clemson University's Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Dept.) who are supported through program revenues and endowment income, provided by Bernard Osher, who has provided support for lifelong institutes throughout the U.S. through his foundation.

I offered up a program last fall about creating a natural garden that was well-received, so I did so again.

Yikes, 25 people have signed up (the limit), and one of them recently mentioned to me that the draw for her was visiting my garden. Who knew? Hmm, I was planning to skip that part. But maybe that's a good addition to my presentation about transforming lawns to an interesting mix of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, with patches of vegetables?

So, I'm enlisting my gardening companion to tidy up a bit before then.

But, it's a natural garden, after all.


  1. I am sure it will be day hope to be a part of it.

  2. hey get the 25 students to help in the garden. I know I would enjoy it if i took the class. You have a very beautiful garden :D

  3. I can certainly imagine how one would be attracted to your property -- it is naturally beautiful. :)

    Nancy @ Soliloquy

  4. Thanks for the moral support!

    I always try to encourage people to enjoy their gardens and not fret about them (and normally do so myself), but there's something about people coming to visit, hmm.....

    Our garden is perfectly nice (and natural), but it's currently full of more weedy edges than I'd like (I haven't had time to edit this spring), and odd piles of gravel, and a stray leaf pile....

    Oh, well. But again, thanks for the encouraging words.



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