United States of America, Mississippi, Jones County, Laurel
Green Barn Garden (Laurel, Mississippi)
This 3.5-acre urban garden has been designed to create the appearance of vastness. The central portion is an open vista of lawn, which leads to the surrounding structures and borders. The front of the property is formally designed with manicured boxwood under magnificent live oaks. Permanent borders 15-20 feet deep are on the sides and rear of the garden. With 16 varieties of trees providing a backdrop to 20 varieties of shrubs, these grand borders are perfectly executed for total privacy, creating a park-like effect and beautifully maintained to offer evergreens as well as masses of color in azaleas, camellias, and sasanquas. The surrounding structures consist of an original carriage house (now a workshop), a pool surrounded by flagstone, a pool house, and a garage. The carriage house has a lovely trellis covered in Carolina jessamine, also known as false jessamine, while the pool house is adorned with a pergola covered in purple Wisteria floribunda. The garage looks like a small bungalow and boasts a rose climbing upon lattice, a pyracantha espalier, and permanent ornamental trees and shrubs. Abutting the garage is a perennial bed, which brings forth a burst of color with seasonal planting. This bed also contains small garden lamps along the edge. Under ancient oaks is a garden trompe-l'oeil, a cast-iron sculpture of a stag. The breadth of the view brings to mind the deer parks of grand estates. Green Barn Garden captivatingly combines moonlight and magnolia with regal elegance.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Frank George Wisner (former owners, 1897-?); Mr. and Mrs. Alexander F. Chisholm (former owners, 1938-1993); Jean Chisholm Lindsey (former owner, 1993-1999); Jones Brogden (landscape contractor, 1982); Graham Bolton (landscape architect, 1981-1984); Michael B. Bartlett (landscape architect, 1991); and Klaus Peter Nentwig & Associates (architects, 1979).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, a plant list, and other information about the garden.