Le Tour des Jardins — the Adcock garden


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“I piddled.”

That’s how Nancy Adcock described her gardening before she and her husband, Jackie, built their dream house on a bluff with a gorgeous view overlooking Twelve Mile Bayou.

Now, with about 60 acres to play with, she’s not piddling any more. You can see the results May 3-4 when the property is one of six gardeners featured on Le Tour des Jardins, the annual garden tour sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.

Since moving into the house in 2006, the Adcocks have planted more than 100 live oak trees, which will some day form two allees leading from the highway to the house. Large free-form landscape beds, edged with stones dug from the bluff, dot the expanse in front and back. And a large vegetable/herb garden and orchard is encircled with an 8-foot fence to keep the deer away.

“We like a lot of color and texture,” she said, adding low maintenance is a priority.

Favorites include Drift roses and daylilies.

But Nancy’s real interest is the vegetable garden/orchard.

“My husband grew up with gardening. I’m learning as we go,” she said.

Make that learning as they grow – squash, corn, onions, potatoes, cabbage, asparagus, purple hull and cream peas, peppers, a variety of herbs, and heirloom tomatoes she started from seeds..

In the orchard section, you’ll find peaches, plums, figs, blackberries, dewberries, raspberries and blueberries.  Last year, they got 50 gallons of fruit from the blackberry bushes.

Raised beds are formed from old railroad cross ties – the Adcocks own a railroad construction and maintenance business. Beds are lined to keep any chemicals from leaching into the soil.

What do they do with all that produce?

“I put some in the freezer, we eat a lot and we give things to our kids,” Nancy said.

“I enjoy it. I come out every morning and see how it’s doing with my cup of coffee.”

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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