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Eco-friendly Locavore – Azalea Inn and Gardens

May 17th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens "Locavore"

Jake shares irrigation tips with NOGS tour-goers

Eco-friendly simply means friendly to the environment while Locavore means one who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius (usually 100 miles).  Azalea Inn and Gardens is both!

Several years ago we made the commitment with strong encouragement from our son, Joshua, to be more eco-friendly.  He contacted a local company to pick up all our recyclable products; he schooled us on cutting down our carbon footprint, on not contributing to our landfills and encouraged the change from tiny plastic bottles of boutique shampoo and conditioner to refillable pumps in the shower and offering guests the opportunity to use towels and sheets for more than just a day.   The first month of recycling alone reduced our curbside trash pickup from three large city-provided containers to only one.

Emboldened by the encouragement and positive reception of our guests, we began casting about for more ways to engage in sustaining our environment.  A garden of produce seemed to be a logical step for our inn.  Last year we planted a small summer garden of cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, a few cantaloupes and herbs.  Our winter garden had brussels sprouts and collard greens, cauliflower and broccoli.  This year we committed to BIGGER and that’s what we got!  Adam Mentzer, a local farmer, help build and plant our ”Garden of Eating” and MY, OH MY, how it has grown.  Let’s take you on a journey of growth for our mini-farm in the city from inception through May 5, 2011, in pictures.

Inception: March 18, 2011, First planting March 23, NOGS Tour of Gardens April 29, and May 5, 2011 as another marker.

 

 

 

 

 

What could be better than a first-hand experience in our gardens, and the first sweet taste of vine-ripened tomatoes? Book your stay now at our  Savannah, Georgia Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the bounty of the garden. Located in the historic district of Savannah, GA, Azalea Inn and Gardens is the premier destination for earth to table dining at breakfast!

 

 

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