Captures Southern indoor/outdoor living traditions for a new generation . . . A vital young voice in the gardening scene teaches a new generation of Southerners to love gardening and to make it a focal point of their lifestyle. James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South (e.g., plant in spring for fall blooms, plant in fall for spring blooms), in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces from the garden.
From the front Cover To everything there is a season . . . a time to plant, and a time to harvest. Whether you are a novice dirt dabbler or a well-seasoned gardener, timing is crucial in gardening. And with proper timing, nature provides us with not only sustenance but trimmings for the home and table, provisions for a garden lifestyle. Garden living, or weaving the garden into your daily life, is a lifestyle filled with rewarding promise and new adventure. Harvesting your own vegetables for a dinner party, arranging your own garden-grown goodness in a bouquet, or entertaining within the garden provides the gardener, cook, and decorator alike an opportunity to meld these talents into a harmonious blend for garden living. A Time to Plant is a guide to garden living--an invitation to walk through the garden, see the possibilities of its bounty, smell the perfumes that abound, taste the produce, and hear the symphony of nature. With photographs, tips, and methods, A Time to Plant will become your guide to a successful gardening way of life. From holidays to every day, the garden can be your source of all things fresh and elegant. Sprigs of mint in your iced tea and lemonade, hydrangeas gracing your tablescape, mantels and halls decked for the season, and a kitchen filled with garden flavors--all are a part of a garden life, garden living, and life well lived. Hailing from the peach-laden fields and muddy river portion of Middle Georgia, James T. Farmer III, is president of James Farmer Designs, which specializes in residential landscape design, floral design, and interiors. James graduated from Auburn University. As a native of the Deep South and enthralled with all things Southern, James was influenced by great Southern architects as well as antebellum architecture, having been influenced by the land and flora of his family farm--an old plantation in Kathleen, Georgia, just outside of Macon, complete with rock walls, boxwood parterres, and European influences. Summering on Sea Island also dictated a touch of that particular coastal style in his work. His design practice is about bringing the classicism of the past to the needs of modernity. Find him at www.JamesFarmer.com.