My Designer Friend – the Salt of The Earth!
Bill Mills visits the show again this week. He is the landscape designer for the nursery and garden center TerraSalis in Malden, WV – just outside of Charleston. Bill tells us about some of the jobs he is working on, for examples, three home sites around the New River Gorge National Park – “the Grand Canyon of the East.” He is using an all-native plant palette, from this part of the country, which like most of the Southeast, is rich in wild flora. At this time of year, he’s noticing herbaceous plants like cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctiloba), and grasses like Panicum virgatum. He’s also noticed sprouting seedlings of woody plants like Carolina silver bell (Halesia tetraptera; ABOVE), fringe tree (Chimonanthes virginicus), and redbud (Cercis canadensis).
TerraSalis is Latin for “Salt of the Earth,” and the nursery is located on the grounds where The Dickinson Salt Works produced salt for one hundred and twenty years. The nursery is brimming with annuals and perennials, seeds, pottery, avian products, tools, as well as outdoor furniture, garden ornaments and statuary. Bill talks a bit about some of the things that are attracting shoppers and clients, for example, some new recycled teak furniture (RIGHT).
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