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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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Grow, Gather & Style : Fall Flower Arrangements

  GROW, GATHER, STYLE My speaking engagements for the next year will focus on creating a garden with intention. Whether starting from scratch, adding new plant material or just pointing out existing plants, it is important to have a yard from which you can grow, grab, and style. Meaning I can step out to my yard, snip a handful of greenery or flowers or both and create a lovely arrangement for my home or special occasion. Every time I look at new plants or circle the plants at the garden store,  I am looking for plants that provide beautiful foliage or flowers for my seasonal … [Read More...]

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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...]