Trails and Trellises: Cabell garden

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Evalyn Cabell transformed a yard into a garden in four years. Photos by Kathie Rowell.

When Evalyn Cabell and her husband moved into their Minden home four years ago, landing a spot on Trails and Trellises, the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners’ annual garden tour scheduled for April 26, would have seemed farfetched.

The former home owners weren’t gardeners and the existing landscaping consisted of some shrubs out front.

My, how things have changed.

Evalyn, who grew wonderful tropical plants at her former home in Pensacola, set about transforming the yard into a garden. She brought with her butterfly clerodendrum, daffodil bulbs, birds of paradise and daylilies hybridized by her mother, who learned from Pauline Henry, creator of the Siloam series of daylilies.

Beds were created around the perimeter of the yard and a rain garden was fashioned in a low spot to contain runoff. Azaleas, Japanese maples and a variety of annuals and perennials add color throughout.

“I like lots of color,” Evalyn said. “I love flowers.”

She believes the secret to gardening is a love of the outdoors and for making your environment pretty.

“I think you have to love it to do it.”

Trails and Trellises

  • What: annual garden tour of the Piney Hills LouisianaMaster Gardeners in Minden.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26.
  • Gardens: Denton and Dr. Savanna Culpepper, 1201 Broadway; Mike and Whitney Harper, 1300 Drake Drive; and Master Gardener Evalyn Cabell and husband, Ben, 1025 Ridgewood. Also included is the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Teaching Garden located at the Webster Parish Extension Office, 1202 Homer Road.
  • Special features: plant sale and garden vendors.
  • Admission: $10 in advance by calling the Webster Parish Extension Office at 318-371-1371; $12 the day of the tour at any of the gardens.
  • Info: gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu, Pixley_s@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com.

Coming Thursday: Culpepper garden

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