Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month

"Southern Hospitality" conjures up special images for those of us fortunate enough to have experienced it. The WCMG Yard of the Month for July, the yard (grounds really) of Patsy and William Clark, oozes both southern hospitality and charm. Patsy is a wonderful hostess who offers family stories, before and after pictures, cool drinks, and garden tours of her beautiful home place.

Patsy and William have withstood three separate devastating storms, each vastly changing the landscaping of their 40 acre home place between Columbus Avenue and Highway 25. The tornado of 2011 brought down almost 200 large pine trees, yet viewing the property today, one would see little
evidence of such a loss.

The grounds today teem with gorgeous crepe myrtles, cannas, azaleas and lilies. Ferns seem to be a particular love of Patsy's as she has many varieties of them...some several generations old. There are multiple places to sit around a pond, each with its own view to admire. Don't forget to notice Patsy's yard art as you stroll through the garden!

If while you are viewing this beautiful garden you are lucky enough to find Patsy in the yard, she will likely invite you to sit a spell on the porch of a rustic cabin. This cabin was at one time the home of William's mother. It was moved from another part of the property to where it is currently, then lovingly renovated. From the porch of the cabin, one can look out over the entire property and see this gracious, casual lovingly maintained visual feast...a little section of paradise.

Although the Clark's address is technically on Columbus Avenue, Patsy asks that you enter her garden for Hyw 25. The driveway is a little hard to see, but going toward Starkville, it is on the right before Lake Louise. If you get to Evergreen Nursery, you have gone too far..turn around, come back..it will be worth it to accept Patsy's version of not only Southern Hospitality, but what we WCMG like to call Garden Hospitality. (Rebecca Gravett)