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Oct 04 2013

Growing Success with Kiawah Garden Club

By Martha Zink

The Kiawah Island Garden Club will have the opportunity to visit two wonderful gardens on Monday, October 14. In the morning they will see one developed by Jim Martin and David Vagasky. David was the owner of the old St. Johns Island Café and teaches at Trident Tech. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at important restaurants including the Greenbrier in West Virginia, where he trained as a choclatier. He owns Davids Confections. Jim is the director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy and is a lifetime horticulturist and gifted speaker on topics such as organic gardening, beekeeping, gardening with native plants, and garden design. He grows organic vegetables on his farm which he offers in a CSA farm share program.

After lunch at the Mustard Seed, the club will visit the garden of Pat Harpell, who started the SC Herbal Society and works at Hyams Garden Center. She has described her garden as Not-Your-Usual-Garden. She has written: “What happens when a northern transplant decides to turn 1/3 acre of parched, centipede grass into lush gardens? Exuberant chaos. This James Island garden, set one block from Folly Road, was craving plants, privacy, and biodiversity. Explore what one woman, one wheelbarrow, and four broken shovels can accomplish in three years. The work-in-progress gardens range from vegetables and herbs to drought-tolerant natives and grasses to subtropical flora. All of the work has been done using organic, sustainable gardening techniques with an eye towards nourishing the Earth instead of poisoning it.

Please visit kiawahislandgardenclub.org for further details about this and upcoming events.

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