2017 Le Tour des Jardins Event

Brent Jeansonne  |  1/31/2017 4:43:08 PM

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The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins on May 6 and 7, 2017. This year’s garden tour will take you through seven beautiful private gardens throughout Shreveport. Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 6, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardener office at (318) 698-0010. Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $15.

Here is a glimpse of the gardens featured on the tour:

MLK Health Center Garden. The sunrise gate is hand-painted by Holy Angels artists and opens to a patio with a covered pergola and seating for clinic patients and neighborhood visitors to enjoy. Jennifer Donner has overseen the installation of a garden with raised beds where she grows vegetables to share with clients. The herb garden is backed by a happy fence, which is also painted by Holy Angels artists. There is a small greenhouse and an ancient Bois d’Arc tree that produces horse apples. The perennial beds include periwinkle, blueberries, Angel Trumpet and Oleander. Outside the back fence is a new garden filled with citrus, roses, Echinacea and verbena surrounded by a white picket fence. The MLK Clinic garden, located in Highland, is a grant recipient of the Master Gardener’s Grant Program.

Charles and Nita Acklen Garden. Located in historic Highland at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Robinson Place, this was originally the home of Dr. George Robinson. The estate, built in 1910, features Tiffany stained glass windows, a pond with a waterfall and goldfish, large old growth azaleas and a daylily collection. The raised-bed rose garden with statuary is attended by the homeowners who have lovingly worked these gardens for twenty years. In the back garden you will find bridal wreath, perennial hibiscus, huge native lantana, Turk’s cap, birdhouses, an outdoor kitchen and bright red garden shed.

Jeff Knighton and Josh Robinson Garden. Jeff and Josh have transformed a former rose garden into a Spring Lake oasis in the two years he has lived here. Enter the driveway past two huge aluminum water troughs filled with elephant ears and brightly colored trailing annuals. Through the gate is a beautiful pool surrounded by banana plants, Angel Trumpet, Sago palm, cannas, hibiscus and much more. There are water features, an arbor, and new plants along the exit path.

Jimmy and Maxine Isgitt Garden. This Chase Crossing garden opens with blue phlox, agapanthus, and Mexican petunias. Through the gate is a shaded bed of clivia, begonias, and banana palm with a birdbath and garden storage

shed. Wandering around are three hens, four banty roosters and a puppy. In sunnier pathways are coral bean, roses, gardenias and clematis. The back acreage contains a large garden where vegetables grow in the summer.

Les and Karen Picard Garden. The front yard’s curving beds filled with globe amaranth, pansies, dwarf Spiraea, loropetalum, boxwood, Cleyera japonica, Sweet Olive, and agapanthus welcome you to this garden in Provenance by Garden Professionals Hoogland’s Landscape, LLC, designer Mike Hoogland. Two red-blooming Bottlebrush trees flank each side of the heavy wooden entry gate. Inside is a gorgeous brick-walled pool with three waterfalls surrounded by Teddy Bear magnolia, ‘Wheeler’s Dwarf’ pittosporum, flax lily, pink ‘Encore’ azaleas, Windmill palms and abelia. The covered outdoor kitchen anchors the family area, and the backyard is lined with crepe myrtle and leads to the parking area.

Dr. Joe and Barbara White Garden. The White’s Ellerbe Road garden has been a test garden for citrus, muscadine vines, camellias and roses for over forty years. Joe has a ‘Ponderosa’ lemon that resembles grapefruit but tastes like lemon. He has ‘Meyer’ lemons, ‘Bloom Sweet’ grapefruit, ‘Chang Shaw’ tangerine, pomegranate and Japanese persimmons in his garden. These trees are huge along with a producing Black Walnut tree from Tennessee. ‘Poncan’

satsumas are grown on a lovely pergola next to the patio, and four varieties of muscadine vines are grown on trellises. Their view includes ten fenced acres behind their cultivated property where wildlife abounds.

Dr. Barzanna White Garden. Dr. White lives right next door to her parents and has a pretty front yard with pink perennial hibiscus, yaupon, a birdbath and a wildlife-friendly habitat with plantings of berries preferred by birds, rabbits and other small wild animals. There are two bronze statues in the garden, water features, a lovely patio with umbrellas and pots of annuals, a brick fire pit, pergola with a swing and “fairy boxes” built by her father filled with tiny figurines, mushrooms, gnomes, and miniature plant scenes. There is an open path between this garden and her parents’ garden, which meanders through rose beds, statues, Turk’s Cap and another large pergola for outdoor entertaining.

A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS, and while there, enjoy a tour of the Heritage Center Gardens, a project of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. The gardens contain an herb garden, a medicinal garden by the doctor’s office and native trees, plants, and flowers that grow well in our climate. Admission to the Heritage Center is free.

Proceeds from the garden tour fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.

For more information contact Brent Jeansonne or the Master Gardener office at (318) 698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.

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