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Cornerstone Garden Plant Sale for Chihuahuas

Saturday September 8th from 10-1pm Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street in Greensboro) will hold a plant sale fundraiser for the Chihuahua Rescue and Transport. Most plants will be donated by Diana Digs Dirt Landscape Design and Installation company, located at Cornerstone Garden. Door prizes will be offered by various businesses including; plants, planters, jewelry, hair cuts/color and meals.


We are also accepting plant donations for the fundraiser. Please bring your plants in a pot with a label (plant name and color of bloom) prior to September 8th anytime Wednesday through Friday from 12-3.

The Chihuahua Rescue will kindly accept other donations in the form of dog beds, toys, baby blankets, round pens or Purina dog food in the green bags. More information regarding the Rescue can be found on their website Chihuahua Rescue and Transport

The Chihuahua Rescue will be on site with adoptable dogs or fostering opportunities. The rescue strongly need to find homes because of the increasing number of animals coming into the shelter due to accepting half chihuahua breed mixes. The rescue does not turn the mixed breeds away, however, people coming to the rescue looking for Chihuahuas are limited because shelters are being overcrowded by caring for the others. If you can open your home to foster a mixed chihuahua breed, please contact Carla Johnson at

Cornerstone Garden will also offer discounted prices on reblooming daylilies, (A reblooming daylily will have an extended or more than one bloom season. Some will bloom in the spring and then repeat in the fall) salvias, peony, catnip and more.


Come out and support the Chihuahua Rescue and Transport by adopting or fostering pets, purchase or donate a plant, give a monetary donation or one of the items listed above and say hello to our four-legged friends.


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Cornerstone Garden Farmers Market April 7th

Cornerstone Garden (formerly, My Secret Garden- 414, in the back) has begun a floriferous Farmers Market

The vendors set up in the rear of the garden shop. A quaint alley where there is plenty of space for additional participants. We are striving to keep variety unique and exclusive.

 The second Saturday of each month, Chihuahua Rescue will have doggies for adoption or fostering. Georgia the baby goat will be present each week.


Larry Kirwan will perform for the market tomorrow. His music is tranquil and if you have never heard a hammered dulcimer, come on down to Cornerstone Garden. Thanks Larry!

   Sweetgum Grove Farm provided upcycled earrings, purses, bags, pins and buttons.

   Cornerstone Garden offers fabulous pots, bluebird houses and hummingbird feeders. Come take a peak Saturday mornings from 8-12.

 We also have thyme and parsley.

Artemisia is a beauty, having medicinal properties and great in containers.

We also carry clothing for those needing some assistance in determining their body type. Each piece is labeled with the following:

 Lines include Neon Buddha, Comfy USA, Surrealist and more.

Other Farmers Market Vendors include:

  • Le Petit Bakery- Dinner Rolls, Jams, Banana Bread, English Muffins, Scones and Breakfast Bars
  • Alson the Artist
  • Libby’s Perfect Portions-Cake Bites, Cookies, Brownies
  • Organo Gold-  Organic Coffee and Hot Chocolate the doctor would approve of
  • The Secret Tea Room Cafe- Hot Tea and Tea to Go. Grab and cup and a complimentary cookie
  • The Fat Fighter- Health Coach (usually brings a yummy and healthy snack). She, herself has lost over 215 pounds and can help you reach your goal
  • State Street Florist- Gorgeous Fresh Bouquets
  • Cornerstone Garden Clothing Line-Clothing Complementing Your Body Shape
  • Able Earth Clay Creations-Unique Birdhouses, Wind Chimes, Pet Tags and more

Other Vendors Joining us soon are:

  • Riverbirch Vineyards
  • Earth Things
  • Sassy Gems, LLC by Geri
  • Soap and Stone Essentials
  • Green Box Gardens
  • Running Dog Bakery
  • Donna Hodges Jewelry
  • Sweetgum Grove Farm
  • Jewel’s Produce

You never know who will be playing for you

Come on over to 414 (rear) State Street in Greensboro, where Cornerstone Garden supports local businesses.


 At our farmers market, there are plenty of seating areas to enjoy the surroundings. Many customers ask if this is my home and they do not want to leave the serenity.

Here is a link to our first market,

We are looking for additional vendors. Please contact



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Free Wassail Tea at Cornerstone Garden

Wassail Tea Event at Cornerstone Garden-A Toast of Good Health for the New Year
Pets and Families are Welcome


Saturday December 3rd from 2-6pm Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street) in Greensboro is hosting their annual Wassail Tea Event, free for the community. The warm beverage will be offered by various merchants along State Street including; Cornerstone Garden, The Secret Tea Room, Lillo Bella Shoes, Linnea’s Plus Size Boutique, Rubenesque for Less, The Saltbox, Mark Holder Jeweller, Tyler White Art Gallery and Eclectic by Nature. Wassail started out as an Old English greeting dating back to 1066 and meant “be hale” or “be of good health.” State Street Shoppes would like to share the toast of good health with you.


At 2:00, St PiusX’s hand bell choir will begin their Angelic performance among the beautiful greenery at Cornerstone Garden. The sound of the bells and the passion in their hearts are sure to bring chills, easily warmed with various recipes of Wassail Tea. A surprise from the North Pole will take requests from children to Santa Claus, ARA trio will provide banjo acoustics and Ginger Waynick & Phil Sparks will provide jazzy song throughout the garden from past holiday favorites.


Operation Smile will accept donations for their cause during the event. Since 1982, Operation Smile through the help of dedicated medical volunteers, has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. For more information visit,

One version of Wassail Tea

4 c. Hot Tea (not herbal tea)
2 c. Pineapple Juice
2 tsp. Almond Flavor (Extract)
2 tsp. Vanilla Flavor (Extract)
Sugar – to taste
Lemon Juice – to taste

We hope to see you on State Street Saturday December 3rd from 2-6pm.

Stroll State Street Shoppes for that Small Town Feel!


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Chihuahua Rescue at Cornerstone Garden-2011

Donations were accepted for the Chihuahua Rescue and Transport in exchange for purple iris plants. These beautiful plants are being given away to make room for a new open air farmers market in March of 2012 at Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt (formally, My Secret Garden).


Many visitors came to Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt (414-B State Street) to love on the Chihuahuas, pick up their plants, give a donation and take advantage of the 20% deal on all clothing lines within the boutique.


Holiday music, great weather and adorable dogs made the perfect afternoon for me and for others.


Chihuahuas sometimes have the stereotype of being squeaky or yippee barking dogs and many are not. Sparky, who I foster is loving, calm, low maintenance and hardly ever barks. He is great with kids because my 7-year-old lugs him around like a sack of potatoes.


Some are just looking for a small place in your home to live out the rest of their lives. Many have been abused and need a second chance. Below is a Chinese Crested looking for a home too.

The Red Hat Society gave a generous donation after their tea party at The Secret Tea Room next door. Thank you ladies and come back any time, you all looked fabulous!

Thank you to Eclectic by Nature and The Secret Tea Room for your donations as well. A special thank you to Teri of Reidsville who always attends State Street Shoppes events to support our business community. Thank you Beth for your contribution and filling Cornerstone Garden with beautiful upcycled garden art.


Photography by Linda of Clothes Befitting who fills Cornerstone Garden interior boutique with the most gorgeous, timeless and classic clothing, shoes and jewelry. You’re the best Linda!


Carla heads up the Chihuahua Rescue and I would be happy to dig up more Iris plants for the Chi’s!


See you soon…….Diana Digs Dirt-your landscape designer


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Giving Away Iris Plants in Greensboro for Chihuahuas

Press Release-For Immediate Release
Contact- Diana Gardner-Williams
November 4, 2011
Free Iris Plants from Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt-Making Way for a New Open Air Farmers Market

Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt is giving away a piece of the past to make room for future plans of a farmers market located at 414-B State Street in Greensboro. Cornerstone Garden, formally My Secret Garden has a swath of violet iris bulbs planted along the fence line in desperate need of division. Saturday November 19th 10am-4:00pm approximately 100 iris plants will be given away and any donations will be collected for the NC Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, They ask to please bring plastic bags to carry plants home.


Cornerstone Garden currently supports local artists and crafters by consigning their goods within the shop and plans to provide space for area farmers, bakers and other specialty vendors to sell goods on the grounds of Greensboro’s beautiful urban oasis.

Interested vendors should contact Diana Gardner-Williams, owner of Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt at, 336.392.4031 or’s Farmers Market will open in the spring of 2012 on Saturday mornings.

German Iris plants add vertical interest to your perennial beds and should be placed towards the rear of your space. The flowers are great for centerpieces and very easy to grow. Try planting them along a drive if you have erosion problems or along a stream. German iris comes in various colors including pure white called Immortality, one of my favorites for moonlight viewing, fragrant and reblooms.

Come see us at 414-B State Street in Greensboro

Tues-Sat 11-4



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Cornerstone Garden in Fashion Show on State Street

State Street Shoppes held their first event as a business community benefitting Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test October 1, 2011 at The Secret Tea Room and Cornerstone Garden.

Over 40 pieces were shown from various merchants of State Street Shoppes.

The models were high energy and looked amazing in merchandise including jewelry, accessories, glasses, clothing, and shoes.

Glass frames were provided by Earnhardt Optical, located on State Street.

One of our models Lynne, an insurance agent for Harbour Insurance, located on State Street. She looked fabulous in the clothing line available at Cornerstone Garden.

Linda is not camera shy.

Grace elegantly strolled the runway in James Hogan Couture.

Cut loose clothing line is highly desirable because of the durable fabric and comfortable feel. Amy looks wonderful.

Mike even sported a Queens Tea for special occasions. Book your party at The Secret Tea Room today.

Kim felt regal in this vintage dress from Linneas Boutique.

Hair styles provided by Angela Wood of Maypop Galleries, located on State Street.

We hope the fashion show brings more awareness to Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. The reason for an inverted awareness ribbon a new direction for an earlier detection.

Thank you to all State Street Shoppes merchants for donating time, prizes and your talents.

and all the models for donating their time

I had the pleasure of wearing a pair of Elizabeth Taylor ruby and diamond earrings from Mark Holder Jewellers, gorgeous!

Come see us and

Stroll State Street Shoppes for that Small Town Feel

Join us October 28th for Trick or Treat Night-State Street Shoppes, 6-8pm

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Cornerstone Garden, Events


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Fashion for Friends on State Street

Fashion on State Benefit Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test

October 1st 6:30pm

The Secret Tea Room– 412 State Street


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and State Street Shoppes merchants have joined together to raise funds by way of a fashion show. Clothing, accessories, distinctive eyewear, jewelry, shoes, and hair will be showcased by lovely local ladies.


Please call The Secret Tea Room to reserve your tickets, seating is limited (336) 271-2998. Tickets are $25 payable to Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test.


The ticket includes:

  • Fashion Show
  • 2 glasses of wine
  • Cheese, fruit and cracker platters
  • Live Jazz music in Cornerstone Garden- following show
  • Several door prizes including; clothing, plants, watches, jewelry, gift certificates and more. 1 in 5 chance of leaving the show with a prize

10% of sales of the participating State Street Shoppes merchants will be donated to Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test on October 1st and will be noted by a pink ribbon at business entrances.

Merchants participating in the Fashion Show are;

  • The Secret Tea Room
  • Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt
  • Linnea’s Clothing
  • Rubenesque for Less Consignment
  • James Hogan Clothing
  • The Saltbox
  • Mark Holder Jewellers
  • Maypop Art Gallery
  • Dan Boswell Spectrum Salon
  • Earnhardt Optical
  • Eclectic by Nature
  • Andrea Halsey Photography
  • State Street Florist
  • A Special Place Wigs
Cornerstone Garden clothing can be located online or 414-B State Street
Cornerstone Garden door prizes include;
Diablo Ninelbark Shrub
and a Pink Camellia Shrub
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Events


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