Trails and Trellises: the Harper Garden

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When Mike and Whitney Harper bought their home on Drake Drive in Minden three years ago, they inherited a traditional Southern garden with masses of azaleas and hydrangeas. This weekend, it will be featured on Trails and Trellises, the annual garden tour of the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners.

Compared to their former home, the scale of the landscaping was daunting, Whitney said.

“The former home owners had done quite a bit.  We changed the side yard. We put in gardenias because I love the smell of them. We did landscaping around the shed in the back.”

They also added daffodils for early spring bloom and even a few peonies. “They’re my daughter’s favorite flower so I was determined to get some to grow,” Whitney said.

The most surprising plants in their garden, though, might be the linden trees.

“We had seen a giant linden tree in St. Louis,” Whitney said. “It had the most wonderful fragrant blossoms on it. I hunted and hunted and hunted, but couldn’t find any. I ended up getting them by mail order. I’m looking forward to those blooming out and getting those fragrant blooms.”

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.
  • Info: gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu, Pixley_s@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com.

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