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Madison in Bloom

Sheltons return to spring tour
with assortment of garden colors

By Michelle Marino
Contributing Writer

(May 2006) – A unique, and much admired, 20-year-old mini Japanese maple is located in the front yard, while an almost half-century-old pink rose bush and picturesque fishpond decorate the backyard. This beautiful outdoor life is located in the yard of Printis and Bonnie Shelton, 513 W. Main St., Madison, Ind., and will be featured again on the 2006 Madison In Bloom Spring Garden Tour.

Shelton figh pond

Photo provided

Bonnie and Printis Shelton
have a fish pond in their yard.

The Sheltons have lived at this location since 1966, exactly 40 years, and will continue to prune their yard as they do every year. They have personalized some of their garden life by naming cherished plants after old cherished friends.
They have a hydrangea called Myrtle Mae, a friend who owned a gift shop downtown; and a Mary Hennessey, a tree peony named after another old friend. Bonnie’s favorite part of the yard is a curly maple that began as an oriental arrangement sent from a niece in Texas. Printis spends a lot of time in his yard and does much of the gardening himself. He believes that many tourists make the mistake of only touring Main Street, Second Street and Third Street.
“They need to do the allies. There are neat flowers there,” he said, referreing to his own alley where later in the summer a beautiful collection of hollyhocks will appear alongside his garage.
This year’s annual Madison In Bloom Garden Tour, sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, for the first time has been moved to a later date in May. Previously, the the event took place the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.
This year, it is scheduled for the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m.

Madison in Bloom Events
• May 13-14 and May 20-21 in downtown Madison, Ind.
• Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
• Tickets: $13. Group discounts of 20 or more available.
• Sponsored by: The Jefferson County Historical Society and the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
• Also: Clifty Garden Center will hold a special plant sale around the Madison Railroad Station, located on the grounds of the Jefferson County Historical Society, 615 W. First St. Open to anyone.
• Information: (812) 265-2335
Gardens on the tour:
• Virginia Chapman and Brian Scott Bruce, 1025 W. Main St.
• Nancy Harper and Gary Guarino, 1026 W. Main St.
• Whitehall Bed & Breakfast garden of Mr. and Mrs. William Murphy, 1229 W. Main St.
• Bonnie and Printis Shelton, 513 W. Main St.
• Mr. and Mrs. William Ruesink, 314 W. Third St.
• Mr. and Mrs. Paul Key, 124 W. Third St.
• Mr. and Mrs. Jim Olson, 610 E. Second St.

Event director Joe Carr said the dates were moved for two reasons: to avoid competing with the Kentucky Derby and its festivities, and secondly, to hopefully enjoy nicer weather. It will also allow gardeners more time for their plants and flowers to bloom.
In recent years, the Madison In Bloom attendance has hovered around 2,000 people, 90 percent of which are tourists, said Carr, who is also the director of the historical society. Carr said he hopes attendance will rise since the date has moved back.
He believes that the recent addition of the plant sale should help raise attendance as well. This year, Clifty Garden Center is sponsoring the plant sale around the Madison Railroad Station. The Madison In Bloom handout describes Clifty Garden Center as being “well known for the quality and uniqueness of their plant offerings.”
Tourists and residents who do not participate in the tour are still invited to “visit the Madison Railroad Station for that special addition to your home.”
The 2006 Madison In Bloom garden tour features seven gardens, including the Shelton's. Much work and talent is put into each beautiful yard and garden and each has special sights to offer.

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