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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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Flower Arranging in the Woods

  Hey. Just thought I would post a bit today about FlowerCamp. We have a place in Burke County, GA which is about an hour drive from Augusta. Once you arrive at our "farm"--no cows, no chickens, just trees--you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. The property is surrounded by 180 acres + of Southern pines. Our neighbors are cows and peanut or cotton plants depending on the year! It is quiet and there are no distractions except for birds chirping and the Sardis wind gently blowing. About 7 years ago, I offered to do a flower arranging class as a give away for … [Read More...]

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Summer Heirlooms. Obie’s Okra Recipe.

"Heirloom recipes reflect honest food that's grandmother tested and family approved. No need for a test-kitchen for these recipes. The fact that they have been handed down through the generations is proof enough to us!"  Heirloom Meals website. There are many summer garden heirlooms- tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra. I grew up eating an okra recipe we called "gumbo" in which fresh okra was the main ingredient. My "black mama", Obie Mae Wiley, was the best cook. She made sweet potato pie, fried chicken, beef stew and gumbo to perfection. Obie's version of gumbo always had a base of … [Read More...]

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Flower Arranging from Your Garden

Hey. Flower arranging from your garden reduces the cost of flowers especially if you are a designer or if you love having flowers/foliage in your home most days. Here is a workshop sneak peek before I begin flower arranging today. All of the flowers and foliage shown in the video were purchased at a local wholesale floral distributor which means they sell flowers that have traveled either from somewhere in the USA or somewhere else in the world.   I would like to show you how to get the same look as these without having to pay a big ticket AND without having to travel much … [Read More...]