features private gardens
of downtown Madison
music, readings during
two tour weekends in May
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(May 2010) The annual Madison in Bloom Garden
Tour is known for providing inspiration to visitors looking for ways
perk up their own yards. I think thats the reason they come,
to get ideas, says Linda Davis whose house will be one of this
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artists will be on site painting
pictures at the home of Linda and
John Davis during the annual
Madison in Bloom Garden Tour.
But at the Davis home, gardeners wont be the only
ones drawing inspiration from the flowers and sculptures. During the
tour weekends, the yard will also play host to three of Madisons
noted artists. Chip Binzer, Eric Phagan and Carolyn Lopez will be painting,
giving viewers a chance to watch as the landscape is captured on canvas.
The whole atmosphere, when the artists are sitting in the yard
with the flowers its welcoming, explains Davis.
8-9 and May 15-16 in Madison, Ind.
Tour hours: 10-4 Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $10 and Children under 12 free. Available
at the Jefferson County Historical Society, tour headquarters,
615 W. First St. or the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, 601 W.
Information: (812) 265-2335 or visit: www.jchshc.org.
The Madison in Bloom Garden Tour will run the weekends
of May 8-9 and May 15-16. This years tour includes eight Madison
gardens will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and from noon to
4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10, with special rates for advance purchases.
Children under 12 are free. Tour headquarters will be located at the
Madison Railroad Station, 615 W. First St. There, guests will be able
to purchase tickets and pick up a map of the gardens that are part of
the event. At the headquarters, visitors will also have the chance to
pick up something special for their own gardens during the Clifty Garden
Center plant sale.
by Don Ward
(back row right), will
perform at 5 p.m. on
May 8 for Happy
Hour in the Garden.
He is pictured with
(front row from left)
who will provide
readings, Diana Hand
of the Jefferson
Society, and (back
row left) Joe Carr,
After the success of last years inaugural Happy
Hour in the Garden evening of music and readings, Madison in Bloom
will again feature a special evening of performances at 5 p.m. on May
8. This event will include musical guest Hanover College professor Kimm
Hollis on the the piano and readings by Thelma Mullett and Margaret
Seifert. The program will take place on the grounds of the Jefferson
County Historical Society, and community members are invited to bring
out their lawn chairs and enjoy. Donations are appreciated, and wine
and hors doeuvres will be served.
Diana Hand, office manager of the Jefferson Historical Society, highlights
the importance of Madison in Bloom, explaining, Its one
of our biggest fundraisers.
This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the event and has become
a favorite spring tradition for more than just local residents.Lots
of people come from out of town to see the beautiful gardens,
While the annual Madison in Bloom Garden Tour is famed for showcasing
beautiful flowers, the gardens of the neighboring Belue and Davis families
prove that landscaping is about more than just plants. Wayne Belue was
initially approached about taking part in the tour when word began to
spread about his elegant garage.
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garden will be one of
the private gardens
featured on the
Madison in Bloom
garden tour in May.
We built a nice Victorian-style garage and Im
doing the porch to match, says Belue.
Guests entering the garden are welcomed by a rustic metal moose sculpture
and a cheerful pig weather vane. Visitors will certainly agree with
Belue that the tranquil fountain is one of the gardens true gems.
The next door Davis garden also showcases outdoor art. In addition to
their copy of the famed Savannah Bird Girl statue, a decorated backyard
tree adds color throughout the year. Hung with glittering glass wasp
catchers and lovely birdhouses, the tree will also boast a very unique
style of bird feeder. Marilyn Baer is crafting special feeders from
porcelain teacups and saucers that are certain to delight all garden
visitors whether they are birds or humans.
Davis credits her friends and neighbor with some of her gardens
success. People in town really do trade out, she says explaining
the origins of some of her plants. Others have assisted in coming up
with decorations and writing out descriptions of the yard. Everybody
is trying to contribute something, she says fondly.
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