Looking for tulips or native and heirloom plants this spring? Meet Mary
Alford of Rockford, Tenn., whose 5-acre farmette provides the cut flowers, vegetables, plants and vines for her business, “Alive and Digginit.” The whimsical name is from her mother’s fondness of replying “Well, I’m alive” when in her later years she was asked how she was doing.
Mary grows native and heirloom perennials, herbs, edible cut flowers, vegetables and garlic. She fashions wreaths from 4 species of vines growing on her property. She uses a “no chemicals ever” approach in her organic and sustainable growing methods, which include natural compost, rainwater, cover crop and rotation systems, and maintenance of native species populations that attract beneficial insects.
You’ll see her regularly at the Lakeshore Park Market on Fridays, and in
spring and fall at the Ebenezer Market. She is available for weddings, custom arrangements, and small event floral design. Mary is also a veterinarian who makes house calls! You can read more about Mary on Facebook.com/Aliveanddigginit, and contact her through email,