By OUIDA DRINKWATER and SUSAN SHANDS JONES
The Garden Club of Jackson’s 12th biennial garden tour, happening April 6-7, provides the perfect trifecta for getting outside this spring to embrace nature, observe clever and beautiful landscape designs, and glean ideas to try at home.
The two-day tour in Meadowbrook Highlands will feature four homes and five gardens that vary from playful to contemporary, from formal French to minimalist to a Japanese-inspired meditation garden. Tour chairs are Collette McIntyre and Evie Hines.
The GCJ tour will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Tour tickets, $20, may be purchased beginning March 1 at The Everyday Gourmet or on the club’s website.
Meadowbrook Highlands, a premier Jackson neighborhood, was established circa 1980 but with roots dating back to when Angelo Kenneth “Pop” Primos purchased the property in 1945 as a family homesite.
Family is a theme that reverberates through the 2022 tour, including the honorary chairs, sisters and avid gardeners Carolyn Newman McIntyre and Barbara Newman Kroeze, longtime GCJ members.
Gardens and homes on tour include Meadowbrook Highlands’ Japanese Garden, Shirley and Rick Griffin, Ashley and Douglas Hindman, Madalyn and Steve Hindman, and Martha Jo and Greg Vance.
Information and tickets for the boxed lunch by Newk’s Eatery, and the two after-hours events, can be found at gardenclubofjackson.com. Tickets for lunch and special events must be purchased in advance. Tour headquarters will be at 4000 Ridgewood Road to purchase tickets, park, and ride the shuttle to Meadowbrook Highlands.
Proceeds from the 2022 tour will restore the garage at the Tudor Revival home of perhaps Mississippi’s most famous gardener, Eudora Welty (1919-2001), transforming it into classroom space for horticultural activities and workshops. Since 1993, GCJ fundraisers have raised over $215,000, in addition to sweat equity, to conserve, beautify and enhance a variety of Jackson landmarks and gardens.
We thank our sponsors for their support:
Meredith and Jimmy Creekmore
Kathy and Joe Sanderson
Fresh Cut Catering and Floral
Pryor and Robert Lampton
Southern Beverage Companies
Angelyn and Barry Cannada, Carroll’s Landscape Services, Betsy and Wade Creekmore, Sidney and Holt Crews, Katy and Nelson Creath, Betsy and Kane Ditto, EK Interiors/Eventful, Dolly and Wesley Goings, Mary Sydney Green, Sally Hederman, Brennan Hovell and Erik Kegler, Heidelberg Patterson Welch Wright PLLC, Paula and Randy James, Evelyn and Michael Jefcoat, Collette and John McIntyre, Lyn and David McMillin, Charlotte and Richard McNeel, Laurie Hearin McRee, Rita D. Morrison, Newk’s Eatery, Susan and Bill Osborne, Van Devender Family Foundation, Gloria Walker, Carla and Randall Wall
Gayle and Holmes Adams, Eleanor and Kevin Anthony, Carey and Jim Armstrong, William Beck, Belhaven University, Belhaven House and Garden Club, Betty and Elbert Bivins, Suzanne and Hunter Cade, Joy and Donnie Cannada, Marsha and Tim Cannon, Joanne Cheek Antiques, Margaret Oertling Cupples, Lynda Ann Costas, Holly and Bucky Crystal, Susan and Frank Duke, Ouida and Wayne Drinkwater, Mary Ann and Jay Fontaine, Beth and Collier Graham, Susan and Jim Haltom, Helen and Gary Haygood, Evie and Kirk Hines, Diane and Reed Hogan, Paula and Jimmy Hood, Mary and Mike Jabaley, Robin and Ed Kennedy, Elta and Jim Johnston, Susan Shands Jones, Lakeland Yard & Garden, Holly and Alan Lange, John R. Lewis Real Estate Services, Carolyn and Buddy McIntyre, Lawana and Devere McLennan, Mike McRee, Donna and Buster McVey, Deetsa and Charlie Molpus, Frances and Cooper Morrison, Hollidae Morrison, Susan and Jimmy Nix, Dr. and Mrs. Darden Hays North, Phoebe and Rob Pearigen, Susie and John Puckett, Kenneth H. P’Pool, Mary Ann Petro Inc., Becky and Don Potts, Mary Jane Ridgway, Kandy and Joe Sims, Mary Elizabeth and George Smith, Carol and Bill Sneed, Erica Speed, June and Harper Stone, Ingrid and Timmy Taylor, Lee and Burney Threadgill, Trustmark Bank, Karen and Ben Turnage, Cheryl and Dow Welch, Emily and Stuart Whitaker, Mary Alice and Donny White