Saturday, February 6, 2016

Virginia Smith

Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, worked as a reporter at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Ohio – with six short months at the end of the Bulletin tossed in – before returning to Philadelphia in 1985 to join the Inquirer. Her favorite beats here have included Center City, roving around Pennsylvania (and getting paid for it!) and alternative medicine. She’s also been City Editor and Pennsylvania Editor. Ginny has been happily writing – and learning - about gardening fulltime since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.”

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From afar, they look like hairy grapefruits floating in midair. Up close, they're your introduction to kokedama. It means "moss ball" in Japanese, and it involves embedding plants in mud balls, covering them in moss, and suspending them from the ceiling for display. Despite the heavy sound of it, it's a lighthearted amalgam of many things - bonsai, the Japanese art of growing small trees in dishes or pots; terrariums; hanging gardens; and other forms of living sculpture.
For these 14 culinary arts students at South Philadelphia High School, the experience isn't exactly farm-to-table, though that's the idea. More like dog park-to-kitchen.

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