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Keeping it green

Margot Rochester Landscape Award celebrates passion for growing

Posted: April 7, 2011 5:14 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Margot Rochester

Margot Rochester was a very special person. She was teacher, mentor, author, speaker, Master Gardener and friend to all who knew her. She wrote many gardening columns for various newspapers, including Kershaw County’s Chronicle-Independent, and authored two books, “Earthly Delights” and “Down to Earth: Practical Thoughts for Passionate Gardeners.” She was also a very special friend to me. We would often visit public and private gardens together. Every flower she saw was her “favorite,” and she just had to have it in her garden. Because she lived close to me, I visit her garden often. Walking through her garden is like walking through a vase of flowers -- everything is falling all over everywhere else, just as Margot had planned. There isn’t a spot where one can see the rich soil that her plants grew in. Margot never used insecticides or herbicides. She said she grew enough plants so she could share some with the critters who were there. All she used for mulch was Coastal Bermuda hay – an annual Valentine’s Day gift from her husband, Dick.

Margot Rochester passed away in October 2008, but her memory lives on. For the third year, the city of Camden is awarding the Margot Rochester Landscape Award to a deserving landscape within the city of Camden. The eligibility for the award is that the landscape must be a commercial business, public institution, organization, public building and grounds, church or school -- all within the city limits.

Margot would be so proud of the awards that have already been given – KershawHealth’s A. Sam Karesh Long-term Care Center courtyard garden and the island at Kirkwood Common. I am encouraging all organizations and businesses, etc. to apply for a nomination form from the city of Camden Public Works or the website, Judges will consist of local garden club members and Kershaw County Master Gardeners and will commence in May. The award will be presented in June by the Parks and Streets Commission at the Camden City Council meeting.

(Online editor's note: the online version of this letter has been modified from the one appearing in today's print edition in order to provide the correct Web address for the city of Camden's website.)


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