Fly fishing on the Cherokee Reservation in NC is a beautiful experience. Friends from SC, GA & LA joined up for a day of casting and reeling. We’re training for a trip to Yosemite in July. I used Palmers, caterpillars, little bitty things (obviously I’m a novice!), imperial beadheads…sadly, no luck on my end. However, Hugh caught 4 rainbow trout. While standing and musing, a hearty member of Cherokee’s tribal river keepers walked up and dumped a large container of 12″ rainbows right by my side. Of course, the line tangled in my enthusiasm…ah, the ones that got away! I’m impressed with the waters of the upper Oconoluftee, the cleanliness of the public pull-offs (they have river keepers picking up trash), $7 a day pass is not expensive and no NC license needed since you are in Cherokee waters.
Herb Society of Nashville’s annual meeting featured new and old friends from over the US! Mary Palmer lectured on Timeless Landscape Design to a packed and happy audience of 350 at the Vanderbiilt Plaza Hotel. A native of Nashville (6th generation), Mp became a member of the Herb Society while in high school, or at least went to the meetings at a very tender age! Now a Rosemary Circle member (25 yrs membership) for over a decade, MP received her first scholarship from the HSA while a botanist at Cheek Botanical Gardens in Nashville in 1976.
Needless to say, Mp blew all her book sales proceeds on this one book! What a way to remember a conference!!
Lectures to garden clubs are some of my favorite venues! Today, it is the Carolina Foothills GC, a member of Garden Club of America located in Greenville, SC. I love this group. It made the Reedy River project come together thru their active community work and it was awarded many prizes including best by America Society of Landscape Architects. I’m both a GCA member and in ASLA, so very proud of them. We’ll be talking about Lifelong Landscape Design tomorrow, how does it work , what do you do to plan WAYYYY ahead for your lifelong home. You are probably already in it if you are aged 61. Many valuable tips from organization of parts, access, easy gardening, plants and healing garden design.
Dargan Landscape Architects exhibit features hyacinths and flair tulips in full glory. The book drawing on Saturday promises a “Timeless” treasure…more to come as the flower show entries are judged. Please come visit the Southeastern Flower Show Feb 4-6 (closes Sat at 8pm).