2019-03-15 / Home & Garden

Nurture your inner gardener

Stopping to smell the flowers
By Arlene Marturano SCGardenLearning
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Gardening is an endeavor engaging every fiber of our being and influencing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Additionally, gardening is an affordable form of human therapy. Why not grow yourself healthier by making an appointment for May 10 to explore multiple ways gardening contributes to wellness at Nurture Your Inner Gardener, the 2019 Garden Jamboree hosted by the Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Keynote speaker Mary L. Hagler, registered nurse, floral designer, and garden consultant from Augusta, Ga., will offer insight on practices to help cultivate a more beautifully balanced life through floral creations.

Six garden wellness workshops support the jamboree theme. You Are What You Eat with Brooke Brittain, registered dietician with DHEC’s SNAP program explains healthy eating through the lens of MyPlate. Join a discussion of health issues in the South and how diet can contribute to chronic disease. Come prepared to make and sample recipes and take home recipes and cookbooks.


Keynote speaker Mary L. Hagler will provide insights on how to live a healthy balanced life through flowers. Keynote speaker Mary L. Hagler will provide insights on how to live a healthy balanced life through flowers. A team of physical therapists from Columbia Rehabilitation Clinic discusses how to avoid injury while gardening and ways to bounce back if hurt. In Let’s Get Physical they demonstrate proper use of rake and shovel along with safe lifting techniques.

Under the imaginative eye of master gardener Sandy Raymond, participants employ touch and sight to build a magical Lilliputian garden to take home that is Miniature in Size: Huge in Beauty.

Claudia Rollins, crafter of botanical jewelry, leads gardeners in stringing their own pre-made resin pendants of dried flowers and ferns, to wear and take home in Wear Your Garden.

A day of toiling in the soil makes a body grungy and achy. In Awash in Luxury Christine Milling, homesteader and owner of Big Belly Farms and master gardener Becky Lyons present two calming solutions. Milling blends mixtures of herbs and salts in bath tea bags to soothe you in the tub. Lyons with cucurbit seed in hand teaches how to grow, harvest, and dry a loofa to exfoliate skin in shower or bath. Take home a bath tea bag and loofa seeds.


Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry your own exfoliating loofa. Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry your own exfoliating loofa. In Exploring Nature join Ann Chadwell- Humphries and Saluda Shoals park rangers on a nature walk to hear, touch, and smell nature. Humphries is a skilled birding by ear guide who will share verses from her inspirational poetry.

Between workshops and during the catered buffet lunch, visit an array of green vendors.

Nurture Your Inner Gardener takes place from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Old Bush River Road. Pre-registration is required and may be found online at www.lcmgv.org.

Since the Jamboree comes at Mother’s Day weekend, consider bringing a mother to this happy healthful event.

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