Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month

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The home of Evangelist Clara Ann and Rev. Stephen Hampton, 50 South Johnson Avenue, Louisville, MS
– selected by the Winston County Master Gardeners Association as Yard of the Month for June 2018

It was April 28, 2014 when Evangelist Clara and Rev. Stephen Hampton were devastated by the EF 4 Tornado that destroyed their home and their newly landscaped yard. It also destroyed her deceased mother, Clara Coleman’s, home which was directly across the street from their home. It has taken them four years to get their yard landscaped again to their liking. Their home was rebuilt in 2015 on the same foundation only the indoors is a new design with more openness. Since the tornado and during the recovery they started a commercial business - landscaping yards and janitorial service is what they do. Rev. Hampton has always done landscaping but has expanded. Hampton Landscaping and Janitorial Services has become a successful business in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. They are presently waiting on a contract to be signed in Panama City, FL. It is said, “That burdens can be blessings…through faith and patience, we can learn how the burdens of today can become the blessings of tomorrow.”

The Hamptons front yard is the focal point of their landscaping. It is very attractive and makes their home inviting and appealing with a beautiful seat for two on the porch with beautiful pillows that match the color scheme of the landscaping and the house. They have created outdoor space for party guest to sit, relax and enjoy refreshments and company in several places in the landscaping.

When asked how she got into gardening, Evangelist Hampton stated, “My deceased sister, Dianne Haynes encouraged me to garden. She loved flowers and gave me some ideas on how to landscape my yard. I wish she could see my yard now which I feel is pretty.” Evangelist Hampton retired from Bancorp South Bank after 34 years and became deeply involved in landscaping their property. Unfortunately, that work was destroyed but she was determined to redo it again. She started with a few crepe myrtles that were salvaged from the tornado. She now has redbud trees, various colors of crepe myrtles, Bradford Pear Trees, and white Rose of Sharon Trees. She also has ‘New Gold’ Lantana, Purple Heart vine, drift roses, variegated monkey grass, lorepetalum and ligustrum bushes, and many many daylilies and knock out roses. Gold, purple and red are used as the major color scheme. The ‘New Gold’ lantana really stands out around most of the house. She was saddened that on the north side of their home, the lantern died when the temperature was in the teens this past winter. They hope to border their property with redbud, Bradford Pear trees and crepe myrtles.

According to Evangelist Hampton, “Gardening is a lot of work but it is very rewarding and is good therapy. I love the outdoors.” The Hamptons are the parents of three sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.
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It is the purpose of the Winston County Master Gardeners Association (WCMGA): 1) to assist the Extension Service of Mississippi State University to accomplish its mission by providing easily accessible information about residential horticultural practices through educational presentations and use of the media; and 2) to provide a volunteer organization that completes community service projects which further the community’s understanding of and appreciation for the joy of gardening. For more information call the Extension Office at 662.773-3091.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson