Le Tour des Jardins — Humphrey 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 Ben Humphrey, who lives at 948 Boulevard St., Shreveport and a quick chat with Ben:

How would you describe your garden to someone who has never seen it? “I have incorporated several statues, gazebos and fountains into large beds containing a great variety of plants. Always something to look at.”

Do you strive for a particular style? “Nope.  Just like trying different unusual plants.”

What are a couple of things a visitor to your garden shouldn’t miss? “The gazebo with large statues of the four seasons. The handmade picket fence and gates.”

Do you have a favorite plant or plants? What and why? “Daffodils (unfortunately not enough sun in garden to grow them good), bearded irises, daylilies.”

What’s the best garden advice/tip you’ve ever received? “Grow what you enjoy.”

Why is having a beautiful garden important to you? “When i purchased the property i could see the potential for a really nice garden. Enjoy having large patios surrounded by plants. Also, makes a very nice setting for small weddings.”

Coming tomorrow: Mike and Sheri Moritz 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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