By Martha Zink for The Island Connection
The Kiawah Island Garden Club gathered at the beautiful Church Creek Nursery on Johns Island to learn about the extensive operation and buy plants for their gardens. Nancy Hart, the owner since incorporating in 1991, led the group through the many greenhouses and fields. She was a psychology major in college. Before entering graduate school she worked one summer in a plant nursery and found her true calling. The nursery encompasses 18 acres and grows and sells thousands of plants each year.
Among the plants Nancy showed us were many which require “full sun,” which in our area means just 4 hours a day.
A popular garden color these days is lime and a wonderful example of a plant that color is carex evirello, an evergreen grass.
It also comes in a variegated variety, carex everest. Another beautiful plant, which deer don’t eat, is Agastache, also known as Butterfly Mint or Hyssop. Native yarrow comes in various pinks and reds and other successful native plants are wild ageratum and Joe Pye Weed, eutrochium.
The Garden Club members were soon filling carts and boxes with flats of perennials and succulents in amazing colors and textures, and enjoying the opportunity to buy plants which are usually only available on a wholesale basis. Afterwards the Club met for lunch at the Osprey Clubhouse.
The next Kiawah Island Garden Club meeting will be a Garden Party, at the home of Edna Roberds, on Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m. There will be a garden stroll with mimosas, followed by a Tea with many delicious treats. It will be a wonderful and fitting end to a great year of Garden Club events.