Atlanta Garden Walk
Harrison/Carl Smith and Bill & Carol Blankenship
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[June 29, 2016]
Ed Harrison/Carl Smith vegetable and
fruit garden - This garden was originally the passion of Carl
Smith of Atlanta, a very well-known gardener in the area. It is now
being cared for by Carl’s son-in-law Ed Harrison. The garden
features many fruits and vegetables, probably the most popular of
which was the gooseberry bush that greeted visitors as they entered
the garden gate.
Ed explained the poor gooseberry has a bitter reputation because
often people pick them before they are ripe. Green gooseberries are
most often used in pies to highlight the extreme tartness. Mingled
with the sweetness of tons of sugar in the pie and a scoop of ice
cream on top, the combination can be quite satisfying. But, if one
waits for the berries to turn red, Ed says they are sweet enough to
eat right off the bush.
Ed also raises other berries and rhubarb as well as tomatoes,
potatoes, onions, lettuce and other vegetables. In the corner of the
garden, he has designed a little oasis that he calls a wonderful
place to be for that first, early morning cup of coffee. That corner
of the garden features several ornamental items mingled with
blooming plants. Two notable items include the bottle tree outside
the fence and the fountain made with old metal tubs and a tomato
cage in the sitting area. Leaving the garden, some may have noticed
a very old item that they may not have understood what was, but it
was a belt driven pump.
Bill and Carol Blankenship
Bill and Carol Blankenship live in a backyard paradise in the
summertime. The back lawn features the he-shed and the she-shed for
the happy gardeners and an abundance of color as many of their
plants are blooming annuals that can change from year to year. In
addition to beautiful flowers, the couple also has a wonderful
vegetable garden on one side of the property.
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Rounding the house to the backyard, one thing quickly caught the eye,
butterflies flitting about the garden. From a distance, they looked real, but
upon closer inspection, it was found that they were lawn ornaments. Carol
explained that the butterflies were solar powered. They are on a wire attached
to a sunflower-looking poke. The sun gives the butterfly’s wings as they dance
in circles, sometimes bumping into the live plants nearby and giving them a look
of dancing about the garden.
The lawn also features a garden sitting room with benches and potted plants
where one can sit and look out across the lawn at all it has to offer. The
garden theme continues on the patio with plenty of potted plants and enough
furniture for everyone to have a seat and take a rest.