” … a few of my favorite things “

Getting my hands dirty and making “things” …. namely growing flowers and creating dimensional art. The “brass butterfly,” photographed by John Hood, and styled by yours truly was created from embossing metal, Sculpey and wire. The fuzz on the body of the butterfly is shavings from a black pipe cleaner. A trip to the Flower Market in Richmond and “Voila!” — the visual for an antihystimine advertisement was born!

© Mary Garner-Mitchell / Photo by Jonathan Hood

“… In Hanover, it’s an art.”

Hanover County, Virginia is famous for its tomatoes. This year, if the weather keeps up, we’re expecting a bumper crop. The anticipation of these beauties coming in is almost more than I can bear at times, especially when my vines are just up and coming. Some hot days and warm nights will bring them along soon enough though. Then bring on the mayonnaise, bread and lettuce! (Bacon is optional … actually so is the mayo, lettuce and bread.)

“Botanically, it’s a berry. In Hanover, it’s an art.”