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Rosemary Beach Welcomes James Farmer Sep 7

September 3, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Make plans to join friends in Rosemary Beach for an evening with James Farmer - Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. James is a young, fresh voice for his generation with expertise about incorporating elegant seasonal garden living into your life, either on a grand scale or modest budget. James is Editor-At-Large for Southern Living Magazine and has appeared on NBC’s Today

The reception featuring drinks from James' book, Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch, will be followed by a presentation and conversation on Saturday, September 7, 2013  6 p.m. at the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Tickets are available online for $25 www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org (Space is limited).

Farmer is the 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.  All of Farmer’s books are inspired by his life growing up on a farm where farm-to-table was a lifestyle not just a popular notion.

Hailing from the pecan and peach laden fields of Middle Georgia, James 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 everyday 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.

With a passion for the land and Southern culture, he earned a degree in gardening design and then opened a landscape design company in 2005.  Farmer was soon asked to consult on an important historic garden that needed restoration and updating.  News quickly spread about James’ work, and the garden was soon featured in The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Southern Living Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine, and ultimately in the book, Private Gardens of Georgia. 

James’ business soared in the Southeast as a result.  At the same time, because of his love for entertaining from the garden, he began creating floral arrangements and consulting on food for private parties and weddings held by a growing client list.  Local media coverage of these very special events and word- of-mouth have made a “James Farmer Party” in demand in the South. 

Sponsored by The Merchants of Rosemary Beach, Nest 30A, Iona's Flowers,The Hidden Lantern, and SoWal.com, with a special thanks to Rosemary Beach Property Owners' Association.

Established in 2006, Rosemary Beach Foundation provides cultural, educational and charitable activities for residents and visitors of Walton County while continuing to support local charities and community projects. In our 7-year history, Rosemary Beach Foundation has donated over $350,000.

Rosemary Beach Foundation fulfills its mission through five major programs: Music in Pictures, Girls Getaway, Rosemary Beach Unleashed, Taste of Rosemary and Walk Her Way. In addition, throughout the year, we host a variety of lectures, workshops, exhibits and performances.


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