Born and raised in Philadelphia, David received a B.S. in chemistry from Allegheny College and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from Drexel University. He is a licensed CPA in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida and an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business.
As a small business advisor, he formed Majic Earth with one of his clients in 2009. That relationship ended in 2011 and David is now the sole owner of the Company which he operates with his son Brian. The production facility is in Loxahatchee.
Majic Earth is sold through local retailers as well as at plant shows. David has given this presentation to the Master Gardeners, The Rose Society, Friends of the Palm Beach Zoo (the zoo uses Majic Earth because it is safe to the environment and the animals), The Jupiter Tequesta Garden Society and several community garden groups.
Well, July and August were not shy in showering us and making us sweat. The rain brought my grass back to a green color and the brown patches are gone. But now I long for a little cooler weather.
Did you do some fun stuff lately? We went to a family reunion in Maine. First, we stopped in Boston and took in the sights and history. It’s a great place and I plan to go back. From there we drove to Boothbay Harbor in Maine. Driving on 1-95 was not too interesting but once we got onto the two lane highways working our way towards the harbor area, the landscape became much more exciting. Although the weekend was cold, foggy and rainy it did not stop us from having fun sightseeing and eating lobster and lobster rolls which were the best. But my primary goal was to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, a 270 acre treasure in Boothbay Harbor, welcoming visitors since 2007 www.mainegardens.org.
Marina, my like minded relative, and I got a ride to the entrance of the garden. Once there, we knew this was going to be an incredible experience. With pamphlet in hand and a short orientation from the guide in the Visitor Center, we set out on our own. I have never seen such a garden. All the plants were triple size; there was not a yellow leaf to on anything. They grew plants I did not think possible in a climate that far North. Their children’s garden was a story book playground. The best part was the wooded area with steep and narrow trails taking us up and down and towards the harbor. On the way, we discovered the Meditation Garden and the Fairy House Village. We collected some sticks and stones to add our primitive improvements to the village and leave our spirit in the village. Then we stumbled upon the Rhododendron Garden with a huge waterfall on a hilly terrain. We hiked for three hours and could have done more. We went back to the Visitor Center to enjoy a healthy drink from the Kitchen Garden Café. Our last stop was the gift shop where I bought lavender soap (so divine) and salted chocolate with nuts. They had so much more and I could have spent a fortune. We were so enthusiastic about our trip that other relatives went there the following day. The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden was a gem and well worth the visit.
With the rain in full swing, the Wellness/Herb Garden here at the Mounts has just taken off. The plants are growing fast and furious. Joel Crippen, our horticulturist, has had to cut some of the shrubs and trees to about half the size. By doing that to the Mojean Tea plant, he also gave it a different shape and it looks like a big bonsai. Check out the three different types of roselle. There is the true roselle starting to grow the beautiful, showy blooms. Then there is the red leaf “false” roselle that will have pretty pink blossoms. Lastly, the green “false”roselle whose leaves are very tasty when added to a salad. All three are in the same front bed on the left side of the entryway of the Wellness/Herb Garden. The nursery at the back of the garden has all three types of roselle for sale which make a nice addition to any garden. My next challenge will be to tame the sugar cane. The stalks are so big they look like skyscrapers that need to be cut down to make room for the new plants that are trying to find their way up. The rosemary around the water fountain in the center of the herb garden is growing exceptionally well. Also, it’s blooming, it’s a show stopper.
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The June meeting with the Tea Ladies was delightful. We got to taste a few tea blends. They explained the blends they had for sale and many members bought a few including myself. The tasting table was delicious with 13 different dishes -- some of you brought two and three dishes. Contributions were from: Leslie Rigg, Mary Wickensheimer, Jeannie Fernsworth, Linda Alphage, Cathy Azzarello, Uma Bhatti, Brenda Skaggs, Jane Lee, Ginny McCreery, Ingrid Menz.
We like your food, keep it coming.
The purveyors of Cottage Garden Teas, Joanne Polacek and Carolyn Dwyer, will be speaking at the June 30 meeting of the Evening Herb Society at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. Their knowledge of teas and dried herbs will be the subject of their presentation. Mounts nurtures many of the herbs in their Herb Garden that these ladies use in their teas. So the focus of the evening will be on the herbs that are grown right under our noses!
Speaking of nose, there is lavender, holy basil, lemon balm, mint, sage, chamomile and lemongrass
Our meeting in May presenting the “Herb of the Year – Savory” was very well attended. I think we all learned something new about this versatile plant (culinary and medicinal). In the past and when available, we had savory at our plant sale, but until now little did I realize there is a summer savory and winter savory. I have grown winter savory and took lots of cuttings and dried the herb. The plant lasted two years. However, summer savory is more delicate and is used in “Herbes de Provence.”
Thanks to all the members and brought food to the Tasting Table. We had so many dishes and a great variety that filled two tables. It was a culinary delight.
The Herb/Wellness Garden is not
For this month’s meeting, the EHS Board presents the “2015 IHS Herb of the Year” SAVORY. Perhaps you are well aquatinted with this plant but I bet there will be a few surprises. Our Board have put their energy into researching this plant genus and are going to share their findings with you on cooking, planting and medicinal properties, etc.