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Thursday, September 16, 2010

What’s in Sarah Palin’s Garden?

Probing behind the soccer jerseys and handguns for the real Sarah Palin, the one with dirty fingernails.


The former governor of Alaska says she has a ‘little garden’—of what?

Photo: Bonazle

By Allen Bush


I don’t know why you didn’t strip the bark off of Joe McGinniss when he moved in next door this spring.  McGinniss came to Wasilla, Alaska, to dig-up dirt for your biography. Your Facebook response—uncharacteristically feeble and whiny – was, however, revealing: “Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden and the family’s swimming hole?”

Besides the gossipy intrigue, the magic words “my little garden” caught my eye. I hadn’t imagined before, but now it seems possible that you might be one of us. May I welcome you into our big tent?  Any gardener’s sin can be forgiven.  Redemption is one glorious growing season away. (I have to confess, I don’t get your politics, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t be gardening pals.) 

imageFence at the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska: good for butterbeans

Photo: MSNBC

Do you grow butterbeans?  I love them. (John Collins, a spokesman for Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway, called you and Conway’s Republican opponent Rand Paul “two peas in a pod.” Why argue the point unless you know Rand Paul doesn’t know beans.) My favorite butterbean is an old-fashioned pole lima bean called ‘Dr Martin’s.’ It’s an heirloom that I got years ago from a gardening buddy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I should have saved some seeds.  It’s scarce as hen’s teeth and it’s the best tasting of all butterbeans.—spare the butter! It’s too big for my small city garden. It’s meant to be grown on a tall 14’ fence like the one the First Dude, your husband Todd, put up to protect you from the prying eyes of your pesky neighbor.

I’m getting ahead of myself. I just learned you’d be coming to Louisville.


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Posted by Julie on 09/16 at 07:01 PM
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