In flawed attempts at garden maintenance, amateurs often construct a scarebee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Become a gardening guru with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of fresh flowers, produce, candles, and other garden accessories from the Garden Inspirations booth at the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market.
Garden Inspirations harbors 13 years of experience from green-thumbed mother-and-daughter team Marilyn Simmons and Donelle Simmons Smith, who ply the Waxahachie community with their bountiful bouquets and pesticide-free veggies. A rainbow-taunting spread of fresh-cut garden flowers includes vibrant collections of zinnia, lion's tail, and larkspur ($10–$20/bouquet), which fit snugly in the necks of elegant vases and local dignitaries. Guests can also cram baskets with a refreshing bounty of fresh, locally grown produce ($0.50–$4.50/lb.), or envision the ideal omelette when gazing upon a handsome horde of beautiful brown eggs ($4/dozen). Jugs of fresh compost tea ($8.50/gallon) enliven ailing plots with a stream of soil-enriching sweetness, and are brewed weekly by a genial cadre of tattooed garden baristas. Fragrant candles from Aroma Addictions swim with all-natural soy wax in recyclable tin packaging ($5–$15) and are welcomed by lonely nostrils with sensory-sating smells that include sugar cookie, coconut, and citrus splash.
Dedicated to spreading knowledge about self-sustainable, natural, and magic-bean-less vegetable harvesting, Garden Inspirations also offers gardening classes on the Square every second Saturday ($15). Classes can incorporate myriad subjects, from selecting seeds, composting, and turning the soil to growing plant people to fill vacant seats on the town zoning board.
"Gardens are a lot like people,” Marilyn Simmons told Now Magazines. “As they grow and mature, they come into their own.” Marilyn and her daughter Donelle, owners of Garden Inspirations, have their own unique plot. “A Radio Flyer wagon is home to an assortment of flowers and trailing potato vines and an herb garden is flourishing in a nonfunctioning barbecue grill.”
At their farm, the two work to show pupils how to plant their own beds with pesticide-free veggies, which blossom into sources of personal pride. The full schedule of classes includes introductory courses on overcoming the gamut of challenges that aspiring gardeners face, such as inhospitable soil, lack of time, and accidentally planting their car keys. Knowledgeable about diverse garden types—including rooftop, field, and aquaponic—the instructors impart their wisdom on the best kind of garden for each grower’s individual needs, as well as which vegetable varieties grow most readily in North Texas and how to plant them. When not brewing compost tea or working beneath trellises tangled in emerald wisps, the crew does a radio show which talks about how to obtain baskets of naturally grown peaches, cucumbers, and squash.