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Georgia's James T. Farmer III keeping state 'in the news' and moms 'in the know'

On Saturday, May 11, just one day before Mother's Day, James T. Farmer III was nowhere near North Georgia, but the acclaimed author, gardener, floral and interior designer--who also happens to be a cook and table-to-garden lifestyle expert--was still influencing moms there that day. In fact, he was influencing two moms, and he didn't even know it.

As the Douglasville Patch was reporting on Saturday that the upcoming Hydrangea Festival in Georgia was just around the corner, the Atlanta Top News Examiner and her mother were making their way through an estate sale looking for the perfect hydrangea vase to use for Mother's Day.

Hydrangeas just happen to be one of the favorite flowers of James Farmer, who says in his A Time to Plant book that when it comes to flowers, "there is hardly another family of flowers that can be cut, dried, arranged and enjoyed more than the hydrangea clan."

This Atlanta writer's mother would agree with him, which is why she was insisting on displaying her blue, purple and green blossoms for her Mother's Day lunch guests on Sunday. But she needed the right vase for them, and she found it.

When it comes to hydrangeas and the right vase to use for them, James Farmer might be something of an expert. However, it appears from the attention he is receiving in the media that he knows a lot more than how to grow, display and arrange hydrangeas.

In fact, so far in 2013 the Georgia boy has published another book (his fifth), titled A Time to Cook, he has appeared on Paula Deen's "Paula's Best Dishes," which aired in April on The Food Network, and--in advance of Mother's Day--he was asked to offer Mother's Day table tips to WAGA-TV viewers on Fox 5's "Good Day Atlanta." And the year isn't even half over yet.

If you didn't watch Farmer's Fox 5 appearance you might be interested to learn that he used hydrangea flowers in his floral bouquet for his Mother's Day table decor example. So mom feels vindicated in her own choice!

Next up for the savvy seasonal lifestyle expert is a presentation at the Magnolia Springs Garden Club luncheon one week away, on Tues., May 21, at 11:30 a.m.

The editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine will be talking about A Time to Plant at the one-day event in Alabama, but the garden club will also hold a book signing afterward, so guests can also purchase A Time to Cook books, which he will be glad to sign as well.

(Smith Radell Examiner.com 2013-05-13)

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To everything there is a season . . . a time to plant, and a time to harvest. Whether you are a novice dirt dabbler or a well-seasoned gardener, timing is crucial in gardening. And with proper timing, nature provides us with not only sustenance but trimmings for the home and table, provisions for a garden lifestyle.

Garden living, or weaving the garden into your daily life, is a lifestyle filled with rewarding promise and new adventure. Harvesting your own vegetables for a dinner party, arranging your own garden-grown goodness in a bouquet, or entertaining within the garden provides the gardener, cook, and decorator alike an opportunity to meld these talents into a harmonious blend for garden living.

A Time to Plant is a guide to garden living―an invitation to walk through the garden, see the possibilities of its bounty, smell the perfumes that abound, taste the produce, and hear the symphony of nature. With photographs, tips, and methods, A Time to Plant will become your guide to a successful gardening way of life.

From holidays to every day, the garden can be your source of all things fresh and elegant. Sprigs of mint in your iced tea and lemonade, hydrangeas gracing your tablescape, mantels and halls decked for the season, and a kitchen filled with garden flavors―all are a part of a garden life, garden living, and life well lived.

Hailing from the peach-laden fields and muddy river portion of Middle Georgia, James T. Farmer III, is president of James Farmer Designs, which specializes in residential landscape design, floral design, and interiors. James graduated from Auburn University.

As a native of the Deep South and enthralled with all things Southern, James was influenced by great Southern architects as well as antebellum architecture, having been influenced by the land and flora of his family farm―an old plantation in Kathleen, Georgia, just outside of Macon, complete with rock walls, boxwood parterres, and European influences. Summering on Sea Island also dictated a touch of that particular coastal style in his work. His design practice is about bringing the classicism of the past to the needs of modernity. Find him at www.JamesFarmer.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: GIbbs Smith (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423623460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423623465
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carole on August 26, 2011
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I have just received my copy of A Time to Plant. I have long been an admirer of anything James Farmer does but this time he has more than topped my expectations! The book is glorious!!
It takes me back to a kinder, gentler time when we all had time to spend with our grandmothers, garden and cook wonderful things. James Farmer has given me a breath of fresh air which isn't easy to come by at the end of another hot, humid summer.
I can't imagine anyone not just loving having this book on their coffee table where it will be easy to pick up and gather inspiration on what to plant OR cook. Thank you, Mr. Farmer!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on August 17, 2011
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I think this book is glorious. Can you be from the South and not have your life/book full of family? It does contain family recipes, and I just adore that part of his book. It's a coffee table book meet reference/inspiration -- meet cookbook. Full of real places and real "southern grown things" --I love it, and him. I will be giving as gifts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah E. Smith on August 31, 2011
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I just received this book and I couldn't wait to curl up with a glass of wine, and wander through the beautifully photographed pages of flowers, fruits and gardens. I'll try some recipes this weekend! This will be my go to book for holiday gifts. Well done James Farmer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gibmac on July 1, 2012
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This book is such a beautiful coffee-table book, but that is not the best part. The pictures are fantastic, but the text is so great for those of us who garden in this area and love to bring the outdoors in for beauty. It is easy to understand and makes learning fun! This is a great gift for anyone who loves flowers and entertaining - especially for yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Babs on May 26, 2012
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This book is wonderful! Far more than a great coffee table book (although it's perfect for that purpose as well), it is filled with beautiful photographs (many are up close of flowers, gardens, and table settings) and includes recipes, entertaining ideas, helpful step by step instructions, and a style of writing that feels like you're listening to a friend. Regardless of where you live, I think you'll love this book; but it's a "must have" for any southerner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HD7934 on May 3, 2012
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Great book, speedy delivery, great condition, great price! Hats off to my fellow Georgian, James Farmer. Eager to read it's competitor, Tastefully Southern, at the end of the summer!
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By Michael DePalma on January 7, 2014
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Bought as a Christmas gift for someone who had interest in planting a more suibstantial garden but also had concerns of owning a "black thumb." The photos really sold me, but the content was what took the recipient and had her reading from cover to cover. Great information about how to plant both flowering plants and edible plants in harmony, and then use both to add to your home. A wonderful purchase for anyone with an interest in growing anything at your home.
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By jill on August 10, 2012
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this is a beautiful book. I purchased it for a beach house in SC but will wind up keeping it and buying a duplicate. The photos are lovely, and it is very well done. It would make a great gift for any lover of the south and it makes a great coffee table book
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