Six gardens to be on Le Tour des Jardins

The garden of Jackie and Nancy Adcock will be on the 2014 Le Tour des Jardins. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

The garden of Jackie and Nancy Adcock will be on the 2014 Le Tour des Jardins. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

If you’re a Northwest Louisiana gardener, you probably keep the first weekend of May free – that’s when Le Tour des Jardins is usually held. 

This year, six private gardens in Shreveport and Bossier City are on the tour sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 4. 

Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:  

  • Jackie and Nancy Adcock, Shreveport.  The Adcock gardens are spread out on 57 acres surrounding their Southern-style home. There are fruit trees, figs, herbs and much more in a large garden overlooking rolling hills that contain over 100 live oaks.
  • Stan and Boots Swens, Bossier City. This fairy garden can be enjoyed from multiple seating areas that offer whimsical accessories and lots of color. The gardens contain river birch, Confederate rose, coral bean, angel trumpet, and much more, all surrounding a water feature,  greenhouse and vegetable garden.
  • Louise P. Williams, Shreveport.  A Southern Trace garden with pathways for strolling from a patio with an outdoor kitchen to benches, a fountain and bird bath, all covered with perennials, pass-along plants, and much more.
  • Joyce Hooper, Shreveport.  Sasanquas, Japanese maples, colorful annuals, and roses abound in this Twelve Oaks garden surrounded by a unique, antique fence.  The walkway to the backyard opens to a surprise waterfall and koi pond surrounded by an outdoor patio with a fireplace and kitchen.
  • Brad and Michelle Everson, Shreveport.  All views from this South Highlands home look out to their city garden. The front walkway leads to an entry porch lined with sago palms, holly and azaleas. A stone walkway lined with Turk’s cap, ginger, crape myrtles and bananas leads to a swimming pool and raised deck for entertaining.
  • Steve and Rene Schoonover, Shreveport.  This professional garden by Fleming Landscape and Irrigation and landscape architect Scott Crain is a pastoral setting on 22 acres in south Shreveport. Gardens surround this A. Hays Town-designed home. Louisiana iris thrives along the edge of the lake and the two connected swimming pools are lined with tropical plants, bamboo, roses and stone walkways with dwarf mondo grass.  

A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS.  Admission to the Heritage Center is free. 

Advance tour tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardeners office at 318-698-0010.  Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $12.  

Proceeds from the garden tour fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community. 

For more information contact the Master Gardener office at 318-698-0010 or




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