return to spring tour
with assortment of garden colors
(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.
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. Bonnies 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 years 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
in Bloom Events
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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