Author: Barbara H. Smith

November 21 Week 3 Garden Photos

Recent Fall Foliage at Crooked Trail Farm in Upstate South Carolina. Fall at Crooked Trail Farm Barbara H. Smith, ©2022 HGIC, Clemson University Emmett's Pumpkin Full Moon Japanese Maple (Acer...

How to Make a Moss Ball

You can create fresh or preserved moss balls to add interest to your floral arrangements. If using fresh moss or reindeer lichen, please don’t collect entire populations of them from a single area....

Southern Style Floral Design

As I mentioned in my previous blog about the French style of floral design, I was inspired to create my Southern style arrangement using flowers and foliage from my own South Carolina landscape. The...

Flower Arranging in The French Style

I recently had the privilege of attending a presentation by Laura Dowling on arranging flowers in the French style. Laura was the Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 to 2015. Her...

Swamp Sunflower

I recently had the opportunity to attend a gardening symposium in Louisiana. One of my favorite fall-flowering wildflowers, swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), was in full bloom all along...

Barbara’s Favorite Garden Tools

We all have our favorite shoes, pajamas, coffee cups, and other items, but my favorites are the gardening tools I use daily in my landscape. I am never without a small pair of long-bladed, sharp...

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