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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.

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Cornerstone Garden’s Winter Blooming Camellias

Winter and Fall Camellias for $27 have just arrived at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street in Greensboro. We are open Tuesday-Saturday 11-4 and would love to show you all the beautiful evergreen camellias. Below is a variety called, Yuletide and started blooming early November and will continue into Christmas (if conditions are ideal). This shrub or small tree can be planted in a foundation bed, natural area or very large pot. “Live” or “Green” holiday plants keep on “Giving”.

Yuletide Camellia is a must have for the holidays and could be placed at your front entrance for visitors to admire before planting in the ground. They also make great gifts!


Below is a variety of Camellia called “Jean May” and is spectacular with its shell pink color and ruffled petals for a semi-double bloom, resembling a rose. Jean May needs some shade and is the perfect selection for espalier.

The Camellia shrub below is another specimen called “Autumn Spirit”. The flowers are in the peony form and the fuchsia pink coloration makes it an ideal fall bloomer accented with white garden mums or asters planted at its base.

Stephanie Golden Camellia (featured below) is a hot pink, semi-double upright-growing shrub with blooms from October through November and possibly December.

Survivor is the perfect plant for moonlight or memory gardens because of the single white flowers appearing in autumn.


Survivor is a tall camellia with the potential of reaching 25 feet.

Camellias benefit from good soil and some shade. All varieties of Camellia shrubs should be pruned on tax day or April 15th and fertilization 2-3 times per year beginning in spring after the first flowering session.

Happy Planting

Diana Digs Dirt


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Cornerstone Garden and Fashion Boutique

Cornerstone Garden and Fashion Boutique may have the clothing just for you and your specific body type. View and purchase clothing online or visit the boutique at 414-B (rear door) Tuesday through Saturday 11-4pm. 20% off-see details below.



 The clothing lines consists of timeless pieces made to last including; Carilyn Vaile, Surrealist, Cut Loose, Irregular, RYU, Elan, Comfy USA, Neon Buddha and more.  Most lines are American made and 20% off to all landscape design and installation clients of Diana Digs Dirt.


The boutique is filled with local art including handmade jewelry and scrawls.


Don’t forget the 20% off clothing sale from Saturday November 12th through the 19th. We hope to see you at the boutique to help find the perfect piece to flatter your body type.

Fall and Winter flowering Camellias will greet you throughout the garden including, those pictured below.


Plants make the perfect “green” gift. These beautiful shrubs are also locally grown.

We also have several different bulbs including; pink daffodils, yes pink, crocus, dutch iris and ornamental onion.




Bulbs can be planted right up until December, as long as the ground is not frozen. They require a 2 month chilling period.

Other gift ideas include locally made soaps and wow, do they smell heavenly. Some varieties are made from Goat’s Milk.

Saturday November 19th from 11-4 we are giving away purple german iris plants to make room for a farmer’s market spring of 2012. Click here for more information. If you are interested in participating in the farmers market, please contact Diana Gardner-Williams, We are looking for produce, fresh cut flowers, specialty sweets, jams, honey or other.


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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’s New Clothing Lines

Cornerstone Garden’s New Clothing Lines for Various Body Types

New women’s clothing lines based on body shapes including; pear, apple, busty, hourglass, athletic and slim physiques have arrived at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street in Greensboro, NC, selected by Linda Eisenstein-body image consultant. Each piece is personally reviewed then provides suggestions as to which body types the items will best flatter.

Linda has always been fascinated by fashion and as a young child, envisioned how they would look on her. However, throughout her life, Linda has seen her body morph into several different shapes and feels as though her personal style of fashion has been an ever-changing look. National television shows including “What Not to Wear” and “Ambush Makeover” are addressing Ms. Eisenstein’s mission regarding women and choosing the correct clothing to accentuate their female body.

Combining her passion, experience and knowledge, Linda has thus created Clothes Befitting. Linda states, “For any woman to pull off an ensemble flawlessly, she must first accept her individual body shape and strive to wear clothes that flatter her natural shape.  Every woman can be beautiful, but she must first know and believe that she is beautiful!”

Visit Cornerstone Garden from November 12th through the 19th to receive 20% off all clothing lines with the first 20 customers receiving a free Neon Buddha Yoga Bag. Clothes Befitting clothing lines are available at Cornerstone Garden and Fashion Boutique located at 414-B State Street in Greensboro, open Tuesday through Saturday 10:30-4pm or online by selecting Cornerstone Garden page at View clothing online, click here

Clothing lines include; Neon Buddha, Surrealist, Carilyn Vaile, Cut Loose, Lucky Jeans and Comfy USA. To view online click here.


Come to Cornerstone Garden and Feel Beautiful!



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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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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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