Le Tour des Jardins: Wilson garden

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Eight Shreveport gardens will be featured May 2-3 on the 2015 Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins.

Here’s a photo glimpse of the garden of Betty Wilson, who live at 164 Grey Eagle Drive, in The Haven, and a quick chat with Betty:

How would you describe your garden to someone who has never seen it?
“A small courtyard concept with a winding path to explore different vignettes of tranquil spaces of beauty and artistry.”

Do you strive for a particular style? “I strive for a Southern New Orleans style with plenty of evergreens for year round color with added depth of layering shades, using seasonal color for impact.”

What should a visitor to your garden not miss? “A visitor should take a few minutes to absorb the containers that are filled with color combinations of annuals and perennials. Also throughout the garden there are antique fence pieces and yard art with beauty and whimsy.”

Do you have a favorite plant or plants? What and why? “My favorite plant is an evergreen and Japanese maples. I love to create and paint with the shades of nature to enjoy all year.”

What’s the best garden advice/tip you have ever received? “The number one tip I have ever received was the importance of pruning to promote healthy growth. 2: If one waits until the pecan trees begin to bud then your annual and perennial plants are safe to plant. 3: Succulents do not like temperatures lower than 40 degrees, therefore bring succulents into the garage or a greenhouse. The plants will become dormant. Remember to water occasionally.”

Why is having by a beautiful garden important to you? “A beautiful garden gives me an outlet to design tranquility and beauty for myself, family and friends. I hope others will notice something within the space that will also bring them joy and maybe inspire to create their own painting of nature.”

Coming tomorrow: Dottie and Don Murray 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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