NWLAMGs reveal tour gardens

This is what Ben Humphrey's front garden looked like last spring. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

This is what Ben Humphrey’s front garden looked like last spring. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Need something to look forward to?

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour,  Le Tour des Jardins, on May 2 and 3.

Nine private gardens will be spotlighted.

Here is a glimpse of the gardens featured on the tour:

Ben Humphrey Garden

This Highland neighborhood garden invites you to visit over the owner’s unique hand-made white fence surrounding the property. The gardens are filled with statuary, azaleas, ferns, hellebores, ginger, oleander, cannas and hanging baskets.

Dr. Steve Russell Garden

A formal garden planned and overseen by Dr. Russell and located in the historic district of Fairfield Avenue, featured a magnificent, more than 200-year-old live oak in the front. There are crape myrtles, a parterre garden of boxwood, hostas, agapanthus, camellias, dogwood and a fig tree.

Sharon and Mike Moritz Garden

This eclectic city garden contains everything from an herb garden in water troughs to a shade garden with a beautiful bed of ajuga groundcover and a bird-friendly area under large trees. Also impatiens, hostas, lamb’s ear, clematis, angelonia and much more.

Camille Millen Garden

This designer’s garden has a carefully laid out path with ferns and hostas to the koi pond filled with big, colorful fish. The outdoor garden room is filled with a hibiscus tree, evergreen red wisteria, red bananas, daylilies, crape myrtle, a trellis and a shade garden.

Betty Wilson Garden

This precisely planned garden in The Haven is filled with some very unusual plants. The shade garden has a zig-zag tree, evergreen red wisteria on an arch, roses and hydrangeas. Savannah holly and Foster holly line the path to the covered outdoor entertaining area.

Dottie and Don Murray Garden

This colorful garden has been planted for sun and shade. Under a pergola there are ferns, hydrangeas, liriope, begonias and Confederate jasmine. Toward the sunny garden are roses, butterfly bush, cosmos, pots filled with colorful annuals, and behind the fence is a small vegetable garden.

Drs. Sharye and Steven Atchison Garden

This Southern garden is centered around an immense sugar kettle fountain in the circle drive at their A. Hayes Town-designed home. As you enter the courtyard shade prevails with hostas, ferns, impatiens and another fountain. In the backyard around the pool and outdoor kitchen are roses, Annabelle and Limelight hydrangeas, azaleas, phlox and lantana. A bridge leading to a pond and red barn is encircled by althea, coneflowers, loquats, sycamore and muscadine vines. There is also a grove of D.D. Blanchard magnolias.

Rhonda and Ben Tullos Garden

A professional garden by Fleming Landscape and Irrigation and landscape architect, Scott Crane, the Tullos garden is set on an acre in south Shreveport. Gardens surround this newly built home giving it a true Southern flair.

A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at

LSUS. Admission to the Heritage Center is free.

Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, and 1 to 5 p.m. May 3. Advance 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 $15.

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 www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.


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