The marjorie kinnan rawlings vegetable garden at cross creek

James M. Stephens


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings became well-known worldwide due to her writings. Her story about Jody and his little pet deer Flag growing up together in the back-woods of central Florida won her the Pulitzer award for literature in 1939. While The Yearling was her crowning achievement, at least one of her other books, Cross Creek, was not far behind. In Cross Creek we find that Marjorie was not only a talented writer, but she was adept in many other fields. One in particular about which she writes at length was horticulture. It was her oranges that she knew most about, for her grove was what first attracted her away from Rochester, N.Y. to rural Florida; however, Marjorie relied heavily on her little back-yard garden for her daily meals. Let us now revisit that period in 1928-1941, her first years at Cross Creek, enter the old rusty gate to her kitchen garden, and look at what sort of vegetable garden she might have grown at that time.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283