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I am Mary Louise Hagler, an event Floral Designer and Master Gardener. I host workshops and blog about living, planting and cooking with a purpose

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In Like a Lion, out like a Lamb?

Or so the saying goes. I am hoping that the cold and rain subside soon to welcome sunshine and cool spring breezes. March is my  birthday month and I delivered Marianna on March 18, so it is a special month for both of us. The ground is almost ready for planting, so many exciting adventures ahead- Can you tell I am happy about March?   Let's focus on a few accomplishments this growing season. Food and flowers. I have defined 3 spots in the home garden that will be "working areas" for the Gumbo Garden, the annual cut flower area, and a test area for new plants. I do a test run … [Read More...]


ML Top 5 Flower Faves.

My TOP 5 Flower Faves. When someone asks me what flowers would be best for the garden, and limit me to 5 of my favorites--it's not easy to nail just five down!  I think about weddings when I think about flowers and gardens. What flowers, shrubs and trees are going to give me the most bang for my buck? The most snip time? Here are 5 plants that flower that I adore. I depend on them a LOT as individual flowers, as filler and for visual appeal. I could add many, many more to the list and as soon as my swanky new website is complete perhaps we will do an early spring run through of this years … [Read More...]

Tomatoes, Beans, chard lettuce in garden


"Out of clutter, find simplicity. "                                -Albert Einstein I am taking advantage of all this New Year energy to work on clutter. I've already started with my closet thanks to Allison Lumbatis over at Get Your Pretty On (GYPO). She is a style diva with lots of ideas for putting clothing and accessories together using much of what is already in the closet. Our gardens can suffer from the clutter bug, too. As the yard starts to nap here in Augusta, Georgia, the garden becomes disrobed, stark. This is good because it allows us to examine the basic structure of the … [Read More...]