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Workshop to feature Mississippian's unique twist on gardening

By Holly Hollman

ATHENS — Gnomes among the tomatoes.

Blue bottles hanging on leafless limbs.

Elvis and "I © New York" magnets on a metal pole among the foliage.

That's what garden lovers can find in Felder Rushing's front yard in Jackson, Miss.

What else could one expect from a man who proclaims, "Life already has so many boundaries and pressures. Why add more in the garden?"

Rushing will share gardening tips and his unique style July 24 at two workshops in Athens.

Deadline to buy tickets is Friday.

The Limestone County Department of Human Resources and the Limestone County Master Gardeners are hosting the workshops as a fundraiser.

Rushing is a 10th-generation gardener who has authored or co-authored 15 gardening books and been featured in magazines including Southern Living.

In Athens, he will speak on topics ranging from Southern gardens to yard art to slow gardening, which is his method for getting more garden with less effort.


What: Workshops by gardener Felder Rushing

Where: Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street

When: July 24

Lunch topic: “Tough Plants for Southern Gardens,” 11:30 a.m.; tried and true plants of all kinds, from shrubs and roses to vines, bulbs, grasses, annuals, perennials, herbs, potted plants and more, as well as tips on easy gardening in hot climates.

Evening dessert topic: “Garden Variety Gardening — Real Gardening vs. Horticulture Science,” 7 p.m.; a serious and humorous look at ways people can accessorize their gardens for all seasons, ways to relax and enjoy gardens with the least effort and container gardening.

Cost: $15 per session or $25 for both. Tickets are available at the Limestone County Department of Human Resources, Senior Center and Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Office.

Purchase: Last day is Friday


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