In the Garden: Traditional Culture and Horticulture in Alabama
 
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(1) Louise Boswell spends so much time gardening, she made this sign to direct visitors to her backyard. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(2) Louise Boswell displays two of the more than 700 varieties of daylilies she grows in her garden. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(3) Georgiana Jenkins' lushly planted garden incorporates manufactured objects such as painted bricks and tires, iron bed frames, wooden shutters and aluminum strips. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(4) Jerry Brown plants onions, lettuce and cabbage in his vegetable garden. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(5) Cambodian gardener, Kong Phong, grows Southeast Asian plants in his Mobile County garden. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(6) The late Isabel Hill was an avid gardener who spent a lifetime tending 15 acres of Lanark Plantation, her home near Millbrook. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(7) Isabel Hill's formal garden emphasizes symmetrical flowerbeds and neat borders. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(8) Hun Hem grows Asian pumpkins used in traditional Cambodian cuisine. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(9) Bean poles support long beans ready for harvest in this Cambodian garden near Irvington. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(10) Sacred Harp singers enjoy a picnic under a grape arbor. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(11) Alma Bodiford shells peas amidst one morning's harvest of corn, squash, purple hull peas and zucchini. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(12) According to Alma Bodiford, these "standing up" butterbeans are easier to pick than the "sitting down" variety. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(13) American beauty berries are prized for their purple berries in the fall. As a native plant, it is easy to grow from rooted cuttings or seeds. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(14) The passionflower, or maypop, is a perennial vine found in the South. Indians ate the fruit and traditional herbalists use the plant as a nerve tonic (sedative) and pain reliever. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(15) Growing up in rural Alabama, Alma Bodiford recalls using mullein to treat coughs and colds and to sooth the gums of teething babies. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(16) These gourd birdhouses near Pondville have attracted a colony of purple martins, which eat insects harmful to plants. This method of garden pest control originated with the Indians. [Photo: Joey Brackner]
(17) Louise Daniels of Demopolis created these scarecrows to frighten hungry birds away from crops. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(18) Another scarecrow created by Louise Daniels of Demopolis [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(19) Gardeners often plant marigolds next to more vulnerable plants because they believe the powerful odor repels harmful insects and even deer. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(20) Jerry Brown applies a commercial insecticide to his mustard greens. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(21) The spider lily is also known as the resurrection lily because the foliage dies in the spring; then months later, in the fall, the flower appears seemingly overnight. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(22) The Brantley Garden Club planted lantana to attract butterflies to their garden. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(23) The technique of pruning plants flat against a wall is known as espalier. A barber by trade, Nelson Malden and his wife Willodean shaped these pyracantha to show their street address. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(24) Antique roses grow along an old fencerow near Selma. Old varieties of roses are thought to be hardier and more fragrant than many newer hybrids. [Photo: Joey Brackner]
(25) Flowers are judged by category at the Alabama National Fair flower show. These are the entries in the rose section. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(26) Ave Maria Grotto, a three-acre garden filled with shrines and miniature replicas of holy sites, was the creation of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(27) Dora Haas, Caroline Allen and the ladies of the St. John's Episcopal Church (Montgomery) flower guild decorate the church inside and out with white Easter flowers. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(28) Exterior of St. John's Episcopal Church decorated for Easter by the church flower guild. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(29) This crab apple near Rutledge (Crenshaw County) has been transformed into an Easter egg tree. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(30) A favorite garden statue is that of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, easily identifiable by his monk's habit and birds. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(31) This rabbit is one of several hay bale sculptures on James Byrd's ranch near Forkland. [Photo: Anne Kimzey]
(32) Theories abound on the origins of whitewashing tree trunks: to deter insects, to make trees more visible in[Photo: Anne Kimzey]