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Visionary of a Native American interpretive garden Story by Margeaux Emery Sustainability weaves like a thread through the career of landscape architect Sam Rogers, FASLA. In Chattanooga, Rogers planned parks and greenways and coordinated environmental inventories and assessments. As a professor at the University of Tennessee for 29 years, he taught students how to design …

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Front yard flower farm Story By Julie Thompson-Adolf When a passionate grower moves from a 56-acre Texas farm to a slightly-less-than-half-acre urban property in Greenville, South Carolina, what’s she to do? Rip out the lawn and create a front yard flower farm, of course! Julie Hill, owner of Southern Wild Flowers, a boutique sustainable …

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Romantic garden expert Story and Photos by PJ Gartin Tom Johnson, executive director of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, is not only a tenacious horticulturist; he’s also a modest man. However, don’t let his, “Aww shucks ma’am, I’m just a poor farm boy,” demeanor fool you. Although this former Perry, Georgia, Future Farmers of America member …



Former HGTV personality still ‘in his element’ Story by Susan Albert  Those learning how to garden in the late 90s more than likely watched HGTV’s Gardening By the Yard, featuring Paul James, a Tulsa master gardener.  The tell-it-like-it-is, quirky gardening show was born out of James’ own initiative. He pitched the idea for the show …

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