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Laura Lee Rose - Clemson Extension Agent
Hobbies: swimming, kayaking, music, digging in the dirt
Some of my earliest memories were of my grandparents doing yard and gardening work. I spent weekends with them and they loved their yard. My grandmother hummed in a very sweet voice as she planted petunias, pansies, and tended her African violets. She had nice fingernails and always wore gloves to garden. My grandfather did all the heavy work mowing and raking, and I remember his using an old bedspread to get up the pine needles. They also rooted azaleas and Camellias in my old sandbox with window frames on top.
My favorite plants are: Coontie palm-Zamia pumilla,Sabal palmetto, sweet grass and longleaf pine. I love ferns and plants with spikey foliage.
I like plants that take care of themselves. I have some 12’ Camellia sasanqua’s that bloom every year on my birthday with only leaf mold- no fertilizer, pruning, or irrigation.
There isn’t much about gardening that I don’t like. I believe that Gardening is a metaphor of life and you have to do it all, eventually. The benefits far outweigh any “unpleasant” tasks.
I have been interested in the therapeutic benefits of gardening since the first time I pushed a lawnmower. I get so much pleasure in the practice that I forget all my cares and woes at least for a while. I am also interested inSustainable Agriculture, ‘’Farm to Table’’, community and schoolyard gardens.
My biggest mistake is trying to do too many things at the same time.
I am sure that the list is too long to include all of the people who have inspired me to garden. I have known a lot of really good gardeners!