The Magnolia Garden Club met April 27 at the home of Sue Taylor for a program titled “Hillside Gardening.” Garden Club of Signal Mountain member Evelyn Davis was a guest at the meeting. …
The Magnolia Garden Club met April 27 at the home of Sue Taylor for a program titled “Hillside Gardening.” Garden Club of Signal Mountain member Evelyn Davis was a guest at the meeting.
Members were treated to an interpretive tour of Taylor’s garden by its owner before enjoying a late patio luncheon and business meeting. Taylor’s home is nestled among native tree specimens and natural foliage on all sides. Tucked away all throughout the property and surrounding the home are garden beds and pathways lovingly created and tended. Some of her choice botanical features include varieties of hydrangea, clematis, amaryllis, poppies, a variety of roses and spiderwort.
Taylor and her husband, Frankie, have created interest areas around the property, such as a furnished playhouse with a porch featuring columns from an old family home and a small garden where plants are tucked into old farm implements. Curios, potted accent plants, and artisan metalwork structures delight the eye at every turn. A native plant pathway through the woods features such species as wild ginger and geranium, Solomon’s seal, trillium and more. Plant specimens are clearly labeled for the curious.
A walk around the property is a joy for the eyes and keeps the wandering garden lover mesmerized by botanical variety and tastefully arranged flower gardens and resting places nestled into nooks at every turn.
Taylor sees her work as “an adventure” but professes to sometimes envying yards which are flat, making gardening much easier. When working a hillside garden, says Taylor, consideration of a plant’s demand for water, and the size of specimens at maturation is weighed into landscaping decisions. Erosion is a challenge when facing hillside landscape design. Top soil routinely gets washed away. Carefully designed garden beds with rock and railroad tie borders help cut down on topsoil loss.
Following the garden tour, Chaplain Sheila Webb gave thanks for sunshine, the day’s cool breeze, and the sun and rain which nourish our plantings. Her devotion reminded members that everything starts with a seed — “nothing happens unless we plant it. Only then can we hope to blessed with the fruits of our efforts and of our faith.”
The business meeting was conducted by President Linda Cross. The buffet luncheon was provided by Cecile Broz, Patsy Bettis, Sheila Webb and Brenda Nakdimen.
Other members in attendance included Annette Stanbery, Sheila Cardin, Nancy Frey, Fredricka Lawson and Elsie Yates. Specimens brought to the meeting included hellebores, wild rose, crested dwarf iris, dianthus, spiderwort and mock orange.
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