Rosemary Beach Foundation presents An Evening With James Farmer

james farmer
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:15 PM.

Southern Living magazine editor at large and garden designer James Farmer will talk about his book "A Time to Plant" on Sept. 7 at Rosemary Beach Town Hall.

Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. He is described as a voice for his generation on how to incorporate elegant seasonal garden living into one’s life either on a grand scale or modest budget. 

He has appeared on NBC’s "Today," is author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, "A Time To Plant," (2011); "Sip & Savor" (2012); "Porch Living," (2012); "Wreaths For All Seasons," (2012); and "A Time to Cook," (2013) published by Gibbs-Smith Publishers. 

But his expertise comes from modest beginnings while growing up on a farm in the small town of Perry Ga. — a place he still calls home.

"This is all I have ever done my whole life as long as I can remember," he told The Sun. "This is how I started out and it's all I ever considered doing."

Farmer was taught as a young boy how to pull vegetables, herbs and flowers from the family farm and kitchen garden to provide much of the food, decor and flavor of his family’s every-day life. He learned how to be a “hyper-seasonal” cook at the side of his grandmother whose Southern heirloom recipes he revitalized for contemporary tastes.

Farmer earned a degree in horticulture and opened a landscape design company in 2005. The first garden he consulted on was featured in "The Atlanta Journal," "Southern Living," "Traditional Home," and ultimately in the book, "Private Gardens of Georgia." 

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