Le Tour des Jardins — the Everson garden


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Brad and Michelle Everson bought their South Highlands home in August, moved into it in September and were asked to be on a major garden tour in November.

Did I mention that the Eversons aren’t gardeners?

Instead of declining the request as most would have done, Michelle decided saying yes would force her to learn about the established landscape around her home. You can see it May 3-4 when it is one of six gardens on Le Tour des Jardins, the annual garden tour of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.

Michelle favorite spot in the yard is a nook at the back of the house next to the sidewalk with a fountain, seating area and large pot planted with lettuce for 2-year-old Derby to harvest.

Mother and son are learning about gardening together.

“He has his own gloves and shovel,” she said. “We dig in the dirt. We might plant something and dig it back up.”

The Eversons wisely kept on some of the crew who has previously maintained the extensive plantings, which include numerous palms, ferns, boxwoods, agapanthus and jasmine in the back and side yard, site of a large pool.

Out front it’s more colorful, with snapdragons, angelonia and other flowering plants. I like a natural, overgrown, cottage garden look,” Michelle said. “I like the idea we can have a lot of color in front and keep the back pretty maintained and trimmed.”

Future plans call for eliminating some struggling Leyland cypresses along the back fence line and perhaps adding fruit trees.

“I’d love it if some plum trees would make it there. I grew up with plum trees in South Louisiana and I love the memory of picking them.”

Le Tour des Jardins

  • What: annual garden tour sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 4.
  • The gardens: Jackie and Nancy Adcock, 5000 Highway 71, Shreveport; Stan and Boots Swens, 138 Woodvale Creek Circle, Bossier City; Louise P. Williams, 10886 Sunrise Pointe, Shreveport; Joyce Hooper, 9211 Oakley Drive, Shreveport; Brad and Michelle Everson, 856 Oneonta, Shreveport Steve and Renee Schoonover, 1311 Leonard Road, Shreveport.
  • Admission: $10 in advance at Citizens National Banks or by calling 318-698-0010; $12 the day of the tour at any garden.
  • Special feature: Garden Bazaar and plant sale at Pioneer Heritage Center, LSU-Shreveport.
  • Info: 318-698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

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