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A bit of ‘All Hallows Eve’ fun as we toast ‘other worldly’ gardening!


Halloween is the official beginning of the holiday season…unofficially!  October 31st is normally the scariest day of the holiday schedule.  Halloween has become a huge event in many neighborhoods.  Many homes go to pretty amazing lengths to get into the ‘Hallowday’ spirit.  My home, pictured above, is an example of one of the more mundane exhibitions.  Yes, we do indeed have a ‘Bates Motel’ sign, but Mother says, “We have No Vacancy!”… so much for AirBnB.


Nashville Tennessee has more ‘walking around’ talent than any other place on earth.  I have no way to substantiate that other than to be a native Nashvillian who has had the good fortune to cross paths with a great many.  Two, that have been ‘walking around’, for many moons now, are The Don Juans.  Don Henry and Jon Vezner are the not-so-secret members that comprise this crafty duo.  The list of songs these incredible artists have composed both individually and collectively is extensive.


I encourage you to check out the, professionally performed and wittily written, seasonal sensation, “Garden of the Dead”; simply click on the link you just passed… A special thanks to Jon and Don for granting permission to put this masterpiece out for horticultural enthusiast’s consumption!


Two spooky special editions of Bates Nursery Botanical Boot Camp: Adam Chapman talks, Dungeons and Dragons, ‘Fantasy Plants’ for the landscape; he is also the author of, “The Folly of Hunting”, the first of three upcoming books about serious DnD stuff.


Carrie and Ben do an encore presentation in “Little Shop of Horrors II” to further get you in the trick or treat spirit!


You don’t need a graveyard out back of the house to feel the desire to brighten things up a bit. Take a few photos of the area(s) in question and bring those along.  We are happy to give a look and suggest plantings.


Success in planting is not luck.  There are no tricks, only these effective planting treats:  Sunshine, proper soil preparation, fertilizer and water.


David Bates


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