Category Archives: Free Workshops

Sentiment Gardens Workshop-Cornerstone Garden

Treasured Memorabilia turns Memories into Gardens

Free Workshop Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)
September 3rd and September 10th at 10am
Beginning next door at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street)
RSVP 392.4031

Strolling through the eclectic grounds of Cornerstone Garden in Greensboro,NC, several patrons openly expressed to store owner Diana Gardner-Williams that many keepsakes of loved ones past were difficult to part with.CornerstoneGardenis designed by using non-conventional items or pieces not necessarily found in the landscape, creating unique outdoor scenes or vignettes.

Stressful events such as loosing a loved one can lead to collecting because one often associates certain objects with the lost loved one.  Not letting go of “things” which may be viewed by others as unimportant, trivial, or even trash, is a physical way to “keep” the loved one who is no longer present. Popular television shows such as; Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders have revealed the secret lives of those having difficulty in letting go of tangible objects after such events.

 All are welcome to a free workshop in Greensboro, Cornerstone Garden to discuss the art of incorporating keepsakes into homes and gardens with a designer’s eye. Workshop will begin at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street) at 10 am Saturday September 3rd and Saturday September 10th, 2011. Please call Diana for reservations at 336.392.4031. Individual questions can be answered after the tour.

Diana Gardner-Williams, store owner of Cornerstone Garden, is a professional landscape designer working under the name Diana Digs Dirt for the past 13 years. She began helping the community create memory gardens after the stillbirth of her son in 2003. “My family keepsakes are designed into my daily environment providing great comfort because of the emotional connections,” says Mrs. Gardner-Williams.

If interested, there will be a plant swap September 3rd 8:30am at Cornerstone Garden


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Cornerstone Garden Plant Swap October 1st-FREE

Walk away with a new plant on October 1st at Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)register your plant(s) at 11am. Please place plant in a container,within a plastic bag and label your plant.

A few plants Diana Digs Dirt will be swapping are;

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Raydon’s Favorite Aster
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Japanese Iris
Autumn Joy Sedum
Carpet Sedum
Hardy Begonia
Nandina Shrubs and more
Let’s get swapping!

Call Diana for more details or questions at 392.4031

If interested, a Sentiment Gardens workshop will begin at 10am following plant swap, demonstrating how to create home and garden vignettes with treasured keepsakes from loved ones past.


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Dried Flower Design Wedding Bouquets-Personalizing

Adding personal touches to your wedding is highly encouraged in your flowers, favors, overall theme, or some other element, to impress your guests. Dried wedding flower bouquets were utilized in this Buffalo, NY wedding, not because of budget, but because of the reminder of how thoughtful her groom had been during courtship.

During the dating period, this bride-to be received fresh flower bouquets from her fiance and had hung them upside down to dry, after enjoying for a few days. During the courtship, enough flower arrangements were delivered to make beautiful wedding bouquets. They were used as the Bridal bouquet and bouquets for the bridesmaids too. this out-of-the box and “green’ idea was very intriguing for the guests with many inquiries.

The bridesmaids and bride-to-be gathered before the wedding to assemble with ribbons. this option provided additional money to be spent elsewhere within the wedding ceremony.

The bride was a designer, creative, and ingenious-also reflecting her personality.

This wedding bouquet alternative is not for everyone, but think about how you can add personality and personalization to your wedding ceremonies to create a day never to forget. With your creativity (or maybe with the help of a wedding planner) your day can be just as unique with the personal touches from the past.

join us at a free local event, “Celebrating Mother Earth in  Southeast Guilford” where vendors will be plentiful, helping you plan what “You” and your husband-to-be embrace in life. Also come to meet Divine WEddings and Beyond for all your wedding day needs.

Heppy Planning!

Diana Digs Dirt, your source for “Green” Wedding flower design


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Medicinal Plant Workshop at Terragen Nurseries

We had a good turn out for the workshop and was able to beat the heat. Did you know that Rose Hips are high in Vitamin C?

The rose was discussed because several parts of the plant are useful.

The rose hips:

  • Anti-inflammatory-arthritis
  • Antioxidant/Flavonoids
  • Mild Diuretic
  • Cancer
  • VERY high in Vitamin C

The petals:

  • Antidepressant
  • Mild sedative
  • Antibacterial
  • Quercitin
  • Facial steam for dry skin

Sage, which is the purple spike flower, is used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, high in beta-carotene and aids in treating migraines.

Hibiscus flower is a diuretic, mild sedative and cancer preventative because of the flavonoids

Below is the Passion Vine. In this region, it will cover an arbor or pergola in 2-3 months.

The flowers are gorgeous and have a light gardenia-like scent.

The vines and blooms can be dried and used to make tea. The benefits to drinking passion flower tea are:

  • Calming anxiety-mild sedative
  • Contains flavonoids-antioxident activity
  • Contains serotonin-aids in treating depression
  • Asthma

Below is the oregano plant or herb. This is a great choice for planters too. The entire dried plant can be used and good for:

  • Its antiseptic properties
  • Steam inhalation or congestion, sinus problems
  • Headaches
  • Anti-inflammatory-arthritis
  • High in Beta-carotene and Vitamin C, K and Calcium


Hibiscus is the beautiful yellow blooms below.

2 weeds I will cultivate are Nettle and Red Clover. Depending on your specific needs, think about harvesting beneficial plants to improve your health.

Please consult your family doctor and most books recommend pregnant women stay clear of all homemade teas.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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Healing Naturally with Plants-Free Workshop

Medicinal Plants and Holistic Healing Workshop for People & Pets

Plants have been utilized for centuries to heal ailments and treat wounds. Holistic healing is the practice of creating harmony in mind, body, emotion and spirit. By utilizing medicinal plants and holistic healing practices, we are becoming at one with nature in the purest sense, healing the natural way much like our ancestors.


    *Come and learn how to care, grow, and prepare your zone 7 plants for healing you and your pet. Hanging planters, pots, and raised beds can also be utilized. Diana Gardner-Williams of DianaDigsDirt BLOG will demonstrate and answer questions.

    *A talking feathered friend of Stephie’s Bird Shop loves eating healthy and natural fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, which are good for their overall health.

    *Try walking meditation (this is great for high energy folks who cannot sit still) with Janet Nestor, Holistic Healer for a healthier mind, body, spirit and emotional state. Take the first step in your healing journey and learn the tools for a happier heart.

    *Our walking path will include Terragen Nurseries Inc. greenhouses and outdoor water gardens. Most plants demonstrated are available at the nursery such as; fruit trees, herbs, vines, tropical’s, ferns and perennials. David Miller will answer any questions.

    *Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group will provide refreshments and answer questions regarding Major Medical Insurance, Medicare or Health Reform.


Terragen Nurseries Inc

6201 Summit Ave ( at 150 and 29)

Saturday June 26, 9-11am

Join us if you or your pets are touched by Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Arthritis, Grief, Stress, Restlessness or Epidural Issues. We suggest consulting your general practitioner regarding medicinal plants before using.

Please RSVP to this FREE EVENT at 336.392.4031- Diana Gardner-Williams

If you have questions regarding landscape design, please bring photographs of your landscape and they will be addressed following the workshop.

Hope to see you there!


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Rustic Outdoor Flower Planter-Zone 7

Any container will work for an outdoor planter as long as it has holes for drainage. Below we have a vintage potato box from many years ago.

Trying to keep the integrity of this treasure, pond liner was stapled to the interior and holes were made in the bottom and sides.

The sides were planted with sedum and thyme. The empty spaces were filled with decorative moss.

Many different plants were installed; diamond frost (annual), catnip (herb), sage (evergreen herb), hibiscus (annual), sedum (evergreen), thyme (evergreen herb) and passion-flower vine (perennial).

Here it is after 2 weeks

To make the weight of this outdoor container manageable, place pine cones or styrofoam peanuts in the bottom half and then fill with soil. Make sure there are no air pockets for roots to dry out.

Not only is this a one of a kind outdoor planter, almost every plant has medicinal properties for our exotic feathered friends. Save the date June 26th 9-11am at Terragen Nurseries for a free workshop on medicinal and healing plants for you and your pet.

Feel free to send in your outdoor planters to publish on the blog. I know some of you have spectacular wheel barrow planters.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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