Trails and Trellises: Culpepper garden


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When Denton and Dr. Savannah Culpepper moved into their Minden home about a year ago, several huge camellias were the only real landscaping.

This weekend, their transformed property on Broadway near downtown Minden will be one of four gardens featured on Trails and Trellises, the annual garden tour sponsored by the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners.

“Every flower bed was put in by us in the last 10 months to a year,” Denton said.

The young couple started their gardening life together in Baton Rouge when Savannah was in veterinary school, although Denton says he’s been gardening all his life.

They describe their gardening style as “formally informal.”

Colorful is another fitting description. Beds and borders are packed with masses of multicolored snapdragons, petunias, tulips, pansies and impatiens. An herb garden flanks the back porch. And those heritage camellias hug the house and the fence.

What are the don’t-miss features of this garden?

The newly created courtyard, said Savannah. “It was just dirt when we moved here,” she said.

For Denton, it’s the rocks lining the front flower beds. “The rocks came from a lady in Dubberly I consider a grandmother to me,” he said. She collected them over years and gave them to him. They made the trip to Baton Rouge and back to Minden. “They’re definitely sentimental to me.”

Trails and Trellises

  • What: annual garden tour of the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners in Minden.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26.
  • Gardens: Denton and Dr. Savannah 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.
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