Stop and smell the Roses

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

One day last October, Tupelo Garden Club members Julia Blakey and Nancy Diffee took a walk through the backyard of Reggie and Dolores Rose. Overcome by the beauty of the shade-loving garden, the women asked the Roses if they would open their home for the club’s 2010 home and garden tour.
“And in a weak moment, I said yes,” said Reggie Rose, who was voted Master Gardener for the state of Mississippi in 2009.
“This yard is full of heavy shade,” added Dolores Rose. “People don’t realize what you can grow in the shade. We had to adjust.”
The Roses’ home and garden will be one of four on tour for the Tupelo Garden Club’s 2010 Home & Garden Tour. The three others on the tour are those of Sam and Mary Pace; Wayne and Yvette Slocum; and James and Carol Threadgill.
This year’s tour is May 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at Flowerdale Marketplace, Jody’s, Keep It Casual, Mid-South Nursery, Philips Garden Center and Reed’s; from garden club members; and at the door of any home. Maps are furnished in the ticket booklets.
This year’s event also includes demonstrations on container gardening, mini-lectures by Master Gardeners, a raffle of unique garden items and refreshments at the Slocum residence. Raffle tickets are $2.

Bonsai gardening
The Roses’ backyard features shade-loving plants such as impatiens, hostas, nandina, hellebores, azaleas, hydrangeas and astilbe, as well as an assortment of bonsai trees.
“My brother-in-law went to Seattle and saw a bonsai garden – the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection – and so we went and visited it,” Reggie Rose said. “It’s really an art form. Soon after that, I realized Brussels Bonsai Nursery in Olive Branch is the largest grower and shipper in North America of bonsai.”
Bonsai gardening is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
And while the Roses’ backyard is a shade haven, the front yard is filled with sun-lovers, such as peonies, coreopsis, salvia, Japanese maples, clematis, iris, guara, snapdragons, lamb’s ear and Asiatic lilies, as well a oregano, mint and rosemary.
“Usually, there’s something blooming almost year-round,” Dolores Rose said. “There’s always something I can cut and bring inside.”
Proceeds from the tour benefit the projects of the Tupelo Garden Club, including the preservation of the historic home and gardens at the Pvt. John Allen Fish Hatchery.
“The tour will go on rain or shine,” said Diffee, who, along with Joan Ball, is co-chairman of the show. “If the weather is bad, just bring your umbrella.”
For more information on the tour, call (662) 680-5619 or (662) 680-4545.

Tupelo Garden Club’s 2010 Home & Garden Tour
– Who: Tupelo Garden Club, Jody’s and Coldwell Banker Tommy Morgan Realtors.
– When: Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. and Sunday, May 23, from 1 to 5 p.m.
– Where: Homes of Sam and Mary Pace, 2013
North Parc Circle; Reggie and Dolores Rose, 636 Highland Circle; Wayne and Yvette Slocum, 1915 Forest Park; and James and Carol Threadgill, 3119 Plantation Circle.
– Cost: Tickets are $10 and raffle tickets are $2 each. Tickets may be purchased at Flowerdale Marketplace, Jody’s, Keep It Casual, Mid-South Nursery, Philips Garden Center and Reed’s; from garden club members; and at the door of any home. Maps are furnished in the ticket booklets.
– Why: Proceeds benefit the projects of the Tupelo Garden Club, including the preservation of the historic home and gardens at the Pvt. John Allen Fish Hatchery.
– Info: Call (662) 680-5619 or (662) 680-4545.