Today’s photos are from Ellen Kirby in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
My home garden is my respite from my main work as a volunteer. I coordinate the local food bank garden, which covers three acres and where, so far this year, we have harvested over 8000 lbs. of produce. Our garden was featured as a garden of service in American Grown, the new book by Michelle Obama.
These photos are from my home garden in Winston-Salem, where I grow mainly flowers and a few vegetables, and have several perennial borders and a fish pond. Winston-Salem is where I was born and raised. I then went to New York City to study and work and stayed for 40 years. When I retired from Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2007, where I directed the community horticulture program, my husband and I decided to come back here. In Brooklyn I mastered the art of shade gardening, but I longed for the sun. I found it here, and a whole new palette of plants became my passion, though I do have one corner of the yard dedicated to my Brooklyn shade plants.
My favorite photo is the one of the cabbages and petunias. I love to mix flowers and vegetables and am a big advocate for planting flowers to attract pollinators and beneficial insects.
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