Athena Delphian Club hosts garden walk

Athena Delphian Club hosts garden walk

The Athena Delphian Club of Paris will be sponsoring a garden walk Saturday. The walk will include four gardens located on the east side of Paris.
All proceeds from the walk will go toward the club’s charity and civic work, including college scholarships.
Hours of the walk are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The gardens are the same ones that were shown on a similar walk last fall. A club spokesman said the walk would give opportunity for garden enthusiasts to view the gardens at opposite seasons. Last fall’s event earned more than $2,000 for the club.
Admission to the walk is $10 for all four gardens. Tickets will be available at any of the gardens on the day of the walk or, in advance, at Jack Jones Flowers and Jack’s Java on west Court Square in Paris. Directions to the gardens are available at the same location in advance and on walk day.
Two of the gardens are 34 years old each; the other two are less than 10 years old.
At the home of Dr. Walter and Carolyn Griffey, a federal house looks over acres of grass and gardens. This garden is 34 years old, but several important features have been added in recent years.
A large mixed ornamental border is more than 200 yards long and 30 feet deep, a semi-circle surrounding a large urn and a rondel of evergreens. Under a breakfast room window in the back of the house, an intimate little parterre garden is centered with bronze statuary. A shade garden and woodland contains hundreds of azaleas, rhododendrons and other shade plants.
At the home of Joe and Diane Mahan, six years of constant work have created an ambience that appears much older than it is. Highlights here include a quaint potting shed and a fine small herb garden.
Jimmy and Peggy Williams have another 34-year-old garden that features perennial borders, water features, woodland and rock gardens.
Bo and Kathy Caldwell built a home in Green Valley East and almost immediately began gardening on a two-acre hillside plot. Extensive soil preparation improved their clay soil to the point that almost everything they have planted has succeeded. The garden features an Arkansas stone retaining wall topped with an alpine garden with sharp drainage.
The Caldwells also have a woodland of azaleas, a redwood rose arch through which a large urn acts as an eyecatcher at the end of a fescue lawn, and several Japanese maples and other unusual shrubs.
For more information, call (731) 642-5813.
Published in The Messenger 4.29.08

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