Spring is almost here. And soon, gardens all across Mississippi will be in full bloom. Looking for some of the best in the state? You’re in the right place! Filled with colorful flowers and lush greenery, here are 11 of Mississippi’s most stunning gardens.
1. Rosewood Manor (719 7th St. N, Columbus)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rosewood Manor dates back to the 1830s. It’s a private residence; however, the home, chapel, and gardens can be toured year round by appointment. During the annual Spring Pilgrimage, the home is open daily.
2. Amzi Love Home (714 3rd Ave., Columbus)
Featured in Fodor's Travel Guide and The New York Times Travel Magazine, this historic home is a must visit. It’s open for tours all year, but it’s best to plan a visit in the spring time when the azaleas and wisteria are in bloom.
3. Waverly Mansion (1852 Waverly Rd., West Point)
Though this home is most known for its penchant for supernatural activity, it has a lot more to offer, including a quaint garden full of azaleas. Dating back to 1852, the home is full of history and makes for an interesting tour. Visit Waverly daily from 9 am – 5 pm.
4. Henry Smith House Bed and Breakfast (99 Henry Smith Rd., Picayune)
Not surprisingly, the beautiful gardens at this B&B have made it a popular wedding and event venue. Tucked away in a small town, it’s also a great place for an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Keep in mind that it’s an "adults only" inn when you plan your visit.
5. Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Pl., Jackson)
When touring the Eudora Welty House, you don’t want to forget about the garden. The ¾ acre area has been restored to the 1925 – 1945 period when the author and her mother created it. Today, it’s maintained as authentically as possible, so you’ll likely spot a few gardeners on their knees, planting, watering, and weeding.
6. Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., Jackson)
This former private garden is now a city park, which includes azaleas, camellias, flowering trees, and exotic plants. The gorgeous property also includes fish ponds, bridges, an island, and gazebos.
7. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson)
Along with numerous exhibits and rides, this museum also features an accredited rose garden, which is listed on the National Rose Register.
8. Medicine Wheel Garden (USM campus, Hattiesburg)
Not your typical garden, the Medicine Wheel Garden is a space for "plant life, spiritual renewal, and learning." With different people adopting various portions of the garden, it contains quite the variety. Check it out for yourself; it’s located between the Liberal Arts and International buildings on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.
9. Monmouth Historic Inn (1358 John A. Quitman Blvd., Natchez)
With several gardens as well as gazebo, bridge, and small pond, the grounds of Monmouth are as impressive as the mansion itself. Luckily, there's a walkway that winds through the property, making it easy to roam around. There’s also a restaurant, so you can fill up on great food before or after viewing the stunning gardens.
10. Wister Gardens (1440 MS-7, Belzoni)
Described as the "fairyland of gardens," Wister Gardens is made up of 14 acres filled with colorful flowers, trees, and shrubbery.
11. McCarty Pottery Studio and Gardens (101 St Mary St., Merigold)
This family owned pottery studio and gardens have become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The breathtaking garden is filled with beautiful plants, trees, and flowers as well as several terraces, cypress fences, and fountains.
So, ever visited any of these gardens? Have one to add? Tell us in the comments section!
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