Le Tour des Jardins: Millen garden

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Eight Shreveport gardens will be featured on the 2015 Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins.

Here’s a photo glimpse of the garden of Roy and Camille Millen, who live at 8105 Captain Mary Miller Drive, in The Haven, and a quick chat with Camille:

How would you describe your garden to someone who has never seen it? “It is lush and free flowing; a more natural look.”

Do you strive for a particular style? “I try to create a strong, natural look but with fun and different aspects – like ‘yard art.’”

What should a visitor to your garden not miss? “My koi pond and other water features.”

Do you have a favorite plant or plants? “I love, love, love my hydrangeas and my ferns. The hydrangeas remind me of my grandmother’s garden and I love the draping and soft look of ferns.”

What’s the best garden advice/tip you’ve ever received? “Many, many years ago, a very sweet neighbor who taught me about starting a garden told me to take a water hose and lay out the design until it feels good to your eye.”

Why is having a beautiful garden important to you? “I love the beauty of nature, and I love to create beauty. I have a great sense of accomplishment.”

Coming tomorrow: Betty Wilson garden.

 LE TOUR DES JARDINS:

  • When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 and 1-5 p.m. May 3.
  • Gardens, all in Shreveport: Roy and Camille Millen, 8105 Captain Mary Miller Drive; Betty Wilson, 164 Grey Eagle; Don and Dottie Murray, 165 Grey Eagle; Ben Humphrey, 948 Boulevard St.; Dr. Steve Russell, 2530 Fairfield Ave.; Mike and Sheri Moritz, 7112 East Ridge Drive; Drs. Steven and Sharye Atchison, 1367 Forest Creek; Ben and Rhonda Tullos, 3025 Nottingham Drive.
  • Admission: $10 in advance by calling 318-698-0010 or at any Citizens National Bank. Tickets will be available for $15 at each garden on the day of the tour.
  • Special event: A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS. Admission: free.
  • Info: 318-698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

 

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