Listen up. Garden History Matters. It does and these are. The aim and hope of this blog is to 'up' the profile of this fascinating and diverse subject. And along the way to share some of the remarkable, quirky, bizarre and human stories that make garden history so enjoyable.
Its always heart-warming and encouraging to be able to report a success story. And here is a particularly good one, which involves the garden of the celebrated American author Eudora Wetly (1909-2001.) Perhaps best known for her 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist's Daughter (1972), Welty was also a great garden lover.
Eudora Wetly's house in Jackson, MI.
Later in life she bemoaned that the garden of her house in in Jackson, Mississippi where she had lived almost continuously since childhood, had fallen into decay. According to The Christian Science Monitor: 'During the 1980s, Welty had donated her house to the Mississippi
Department of Archives and History, with the understanding that the
house would be turned into a museum after she died. In August of 1994,
Susan Haltom, who worked at the department and had an interest in garden
design, showed up at Welty’s doorstep along with other department
employees. With the assistance of other volunteers, they offered to
slowly restore the garden that Welty and her late mother had once tended
to perfection, creating an Eden of daylilies, roses, nandinas,
camellias, azaleas and other Southern horticultural favorites.'