Le Tour des Jardins — Murray garden

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

Here’s a photo glimpse of the garden of Dottie and Don Murray, who live at 165 Grey Eagle Drive, in The Haven, and a quick chat with Camille:

How would you describe your garden to someone who has never seen it? “My garden is an outside extension of my home, simply outdoor rooms. There’s an area for reading and just being still. Another for watching the birds and butterflies visit the beds. Then there’s an area for entertaining family and friends under the expanse of the river birch. Beyond these is a gateway to a small planting of blueberries, lemons, vegetables and spices.”

Do you strive for a particular style? “Simply said, it is eclectic. Nothing more to be said.”

What are a couple of things a visitor to your garden shouldn’t miss? “I think that the river birch area is the focus of the entire garden. It’s the first thing that catches the eye upon entering the gate and draws on forward into the garden. Its movements and shade impact everything.”

Do you have a favorite plant or plants? What and why? “My favorite plants are the mop heads (hydrangeas). Their rootstock has been in my family for well over a hundred years. And they just keep hanging on. (I am from MIssissippi originally. My maternal great grand father was was a judge in Vicksburg and began their journey from his garden to mine. My grandmother chose to take a ‘start’ of her favorite plant to her first independent home when she married. They have been passed down the family since. I have propagated enough to keep the tradition going.”

What’s the best garden advice/tip you’ve ever received? “Never give up! There’s always next spring.”

Why is having a beautiful garden important to you? “A beautiful garden provides much to all who visit. It offers joy and a smile to all who enter. In the garden I find tranquility and rejuvenation. It gives solace and comfort after a sadness. It is calming after a harrowing day at work. It is a blessing to me and a reminder that I’m not in charge nor in control of things. Those jobs belong to God.”

Coming tomorrow: Ben Humphrey 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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