Le Tour des Jardins — Russell 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 Dr. Steve Russell, who lives at 2530 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport, and a quick chat with Steve:

How would you describe your garden to someone who has never seen it? “The garden is very European (French) and very formal, using shrubs that are sculpted.”

Do you strive for a particular style? “The plan of the original gardens is in my possession and I try to keep it exactly as it was designed. My garden is designed mostly like the Palace of Versailles in Paris, France.”

What are a couple of things a visitor to your garden shouldn’t miss? “The 150-year-old oak tree out front and the plans of the original garden that are on display. Take a slow walk through the garden and just enjoy the beauty.”

Do you have a favorite plant or plants? What and why? “Spiral and topiary shrubs. I enjoy pruning the shrubs.”

What’s the best garden advice/tip you’ve ever received? “Keep up with what needs to be done. Water regularly, prune.”

Why is having a beautiful garden important to you? “The gardens and my home complement each other. It is all done in early 1920s period. I travel a great deal to my favorite city, Paris, France.”

Coming tomorrow: Drs. Steven and Sharye Atchison 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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