Manor offers a colorful
cascade of spring blossoms
in Bloom features
eight private gardens for touring
(May 2011) Tucked away in a narrow lot on
Madison, Ind.,s Main Street, there is an elongated city garden
where an undulating limestone border defines the flower beds, spring
flowers nod in the breeze and a whispering fountain obscures any noise
from passing traffic.
by Laura Hodges
Smallys private garden
features shade-loving perennials
such as lilly of the valley,
coral bells and columbine.
Guests can enjoy a beautiful garden getaway at the home
of David and Shirley Smalley, 510 W. Main St. It is one of eight private
gardens on the Madison in Bloom Garden Tour, planned for two consecutive
weekends in May.
After purchasing a $10.50 ticket from the Jefferson County Historical
Society, visitors can browse the gardens at their leisure on May 14-15
and May 21-22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to
4 p.m. on Sundays. Children under 12 are free.
The Smalley home is not only the couples residence, but also a
business: Azalea Manor Bed & Breakfast.
Shirley Smalley, who is the gardener-in-chief, started her garden when
she bought the Main Street house four years ago.
When I was younger, I never had time to garden. This has been
a therapeutic thing. I wanted something people could relax and enjoy,
Smalley was an educational consultant at Guide Corp. in Anderson, Ind.,
until her retirement. Before moving to Madison in February 2008, she
had always lived in central Indiana.
14-15 and May 21-22
noon - 4 p.m. Sundays
Tour Headquarters at Madison Railroad Station & Heritage
Center, 615 W. First St., Madison, Ind.
Garden of Larry and Jinny Hunt, 722 W. Second St.
Garden of Mrs. Denny Block, 1002 W. Second St.
Garden of David and Amy Fischmer, 1004 W. Second St.
Garden of David and Shirley Smalley, 510 W. Main St.
Garden of Fred Burrell and India Cooper, 315 W. Third St.
Garden of Christ Episcopal Church, 506 Mulberry St.
Garden of Jim and Linda Wenning, 609 E. Main St.
Garden of Mrs. Diana Somers, 512 W. Vaughn Dr.
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.
I always wanted a nice old home, and I like being
around people. Id been looking for the right place to do a bed
and breakfast probably for 15 years now, she said. Every town
she visited had some flaw until she started camping at Clifty
Falls State Park and discovered Madison.
For her circa-1833 home on Main Street, she wanted an old-fashioned
garden. With homes standing close on both the east and west, the long,
narrow garden gets little sun, so Smalleys plantings are shade-loving
perennials such as lily of the valley, bleeding heart, columbine and
coral bells. Azalea Manors signature azalea bushes add deep color
to the spring display.
Wisteria vines, climbing on two arches, will be blooming soon. Smalley
is also looking forward to seeing day lilies in the next few weeks.
Stargazers get really tall. You can cut them and make bouquets,
Smalley has some unusual flowers, many of them in shades of red and
pink. She is fond of her boogie woogie astilbe, featuring plumes of
pink flowers in early to mid-summer. Smalley has also planted weigela
bushes, which have pink trumpet-shaped flowers. Red peonies may be blooming
at the time of the tour. A peony tree that her mother gave her, now
five to six feet tall, will bring forth enormous rosy-pink blooms with
yellow centers. She has rhododendron planted in the front and back of
The total effect is very calming, which is exactly what guests at Azalea
Manor are seeking. In addition to the relaxed atmosphere, garden enthusiasts
will appreciate Smalleys visual tutorial in the pleasing use of
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