Maybe you should garden?

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.

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***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 where I am currently posting and of course rebuilding. Hope to see you there!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. What a beautiful place in which to grow up. It’s no wonder that you grew up to be a gardener.


  2. Jen says:

    With inspiration like that, no wonder you wanted to start! Just beautiful and fun to look at when my landscape here is all snow and ice.

    I often think of all the time I wasted as a non-gardener. What was I doing with all my free time?!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Anna. xox


  3. Great story of why you garden. Old Salem is such a special place. I’ve not been in years, but need to make sure to go this spring or summer.

    Happy Holidays!


  4. Cinj says:

    That does sound wonderful! Not many gardens where I grew up, but somehow I ended up with the same urge. I haven’t had much of a chance to visit blog land lately. It’s winter so what my problem now? Geez!


  5. Les says:

    Anna, it sounds like a magical place, right out of a story book. Please have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!



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