Does any­one do hos­pi­tal­ity bet­ter than South­ern­ers? Per­haps. But I can’t think of who right now because last week I was in David­son, NC, speak­ing at the David­son Hor­ti­cul­tural Sym­po­sium where the mem­bers of the David­son Gar­den Club rolled out the red car­pet. It’s very fresh in my mind. And, oh my!

I was there as one of the guest speak­ers talk­ing about the “Art­ful Veg­etable Garden”—once again rid­ing my hobby horse about how edi­ble gar­dens don’t have to be util­i­tar­ian look­ing. I rubbed elbows with fel­low speak­ers Allan Armitage, W. Gary Smith ,  William Welch and Pamela Baggett. The David­son Gar­den Club mem­bers arranged for our trans­porta­tion and accom­mo­da­tions, flow­ers in our rooms and for our lapels, escorts to make sure we didn’t get lost, fab­u­lous din­ners and lunches and one very spe­cial gar­den tour.

The gar­den sur­rounds the Ital­ian Renaissance-style home of a pri­vate cou­ple who have cre­ated a very approach­able and walk­a­ble gar­den on acres of pro­tected land in David­son. A path­way cir­cles the perime­ter of the house and is planted with fab­u­lous spec­i­mens that are evi­dent even in the still-chilly weather of early March.

Care­ful atten­tion to plant selec­tion, art­ful cre­ation of path­ways to give long views of gar­den sculp­tures, cre­ative use of ele­ments for a rus­tic touch and even mossy paths, con­tributed unasked, cour­tesy of Mother Nature, made this a fab­u­lous and mem­o­rable gar­den walk.

You can see more of the gar­den here.

I appre­ci­ate my new friends in David­son and their fab­u­lous South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity. Thank you!

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8 Responses to “Southern Hospitality and a Winter Garden in Davidson”

  1. Matt Says:

    I love the sec­ond angle you got of that first area you have pic­tured here. A beau­ti­ful exam­ple of what can be done with pleach­ing… the entire process gets me giddy.

    Hope the talks went well. If I ever find myself in NC while that’s going on…
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..A con­test for indoor (and out­door) gar­den­ers; free seeds or pots. =-.

  2. Anna Flowergardengirl™ Says:

    I’m glad you had a good time. I loved read­ing about what you thought of the South. Beau­ti­ful pic­tures.
    .-= Anna Flowergardengirl™´s last blog ..Will you have gar­den pieces to cher­ish? =-.

  3. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    I’m drool­ing over that stun­ning witch hazel, but the thought of flow­ers in the room just floors me. I had no idea any­body still did that.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Gar­dener Snake (Word­less Wednes­day) =-.

  4. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    I would love to meet them all some­day. Yes, south­ern­ers are won­der­ful hosts. Don’t you love that witch hazel? Yum.~~Dee
    .-= Dee/reddirtramblings´s last blog ..Read any good books lately? =-.

  5. Gail Says:

    Robin, This is the third time I tried to leave a message~Not your site, but I fell into the rab­bit hole look­ing up pleach­ing, then from that site ended up look­ing at tree houses! The grounds are lovely and the pleached trees fascinating…but like Dee and B~the witch hazel is mak­ing me smile. gail
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..Lilac Tom­mies On A Hill Need No Prose =-.

  6. Ann Says:

    Yeah, the witch hazel bloomed a lit­tle later this year — weird weather pat­terns. Usu­ally we get it in Feb­ru­ary in TN, and I assume it’s sim­i­lar in NC. I’m about to con­sider a blog post on my own witch hazel.

  7. How Do I Set Up My Winter Gardens? Says:

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  8. Canada Flowers Says:

    Those pine trees remind me of Tim Burton’s Alice in Won­der­land. Such mag­nif­i­cent par­al­lel tow­ers can really take your breath away.

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