I grew up in the community of Old Salem, North Carolina for a good part of my childhood. A great aunt helped to raise me and she lived there. I loved being at her house. Old Salem is filled with gardens both vegetable and ornamental. I use to roam freely and talk with the tenders of those gardens. It brought so much joy to my life that I decided I must garden when I finally had a plot of my own.
Old Salem has a rich history of gardening. Almost every house has always had a garden and they have been disciplined about tending to them. That tradition continues today and many of the residents of this restored community carry on with the same. Moravians, as those first residents were called, laid their gardens out in squares.
They were divided into four or six “squares” separated by grass walkways. Vegetables, herbs, and flowers were grown together, with fruit trees placed around the edges or at the rear of the lot.
I got use to the fresh apples from the orchards, eating fresh vegetables, and cutting bouquets for the dinner table. My Aunt Nana introduced me to everyone and many of the folks gave us fresh eggs and shared what they had harvested that day. Food never tasted so good. I wanted that for my family. I wanted to grow those kinds of gardens and smell those scents all day long.
It takes a lifetime to become such a skilled gardner and every year I try a little harder. Thank you Mary Ann Newcomer at Gardens of the Wild Wild West. She ask us to write __Why I Garden. So now you know…..She hosted a contest and this is my entry.
***Update!! Thank you Mary Ann!! I got an Honorable Mention and will be receiving a copy of Hortus Miscellaneous. You can see the post of winners and other honorable mentions at
THIS POST on Mary Ann’s site. Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens and Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings for helping with the judging.
I welcome everyone to my new site at Decorate A Garden.com where I am currently posting and of course rebuilding. Hope to see you there!