United States of America, Mississippi, Bolivar County, Merigold
McCartys Pottery (Merigold, Mississippi)
McCartys Pottery on a five-acre former mule lot is comprised of garden rooms delineated by weathered cypress boards from former plantation tenant houses, a prostyle of bare cypress columns that outlines the swimming pool area, and a lattice roof over a walled walkway. Natural and salvaged materials are the hardscaping while the garden plantings were chosen for texture, varying shades of green, and durability in the hot Delta summers. Ceramic vases, pots and ornaments made by the owners from Mississippi clay for their pottery business are placed throughout the garden as well as iron garden furniture, planters, fountains, and an old cast iron sugarcane cooker used as a planter. Rectangular raised beds edged with railway ties recur throughout the property as the owners were inspired by the artist Mondrian when they designed their garden. Rectangles are repeated in stepping stones laid in gravel walkways and in the square concrete paving stones in the swimming pool area. A patio is paved with mossy old brick.
Lush greenery contained in straight-edged raised beds predominates in all the garden rooms except for the irregularly-shaped lily pond with curving sides that is bordered by bamboo. There is a square water garden within the pond and another square water garden at one end of the pond. Evergreen perennials, shrubs and trees comprise the planting scheme, including camellias, azaleas, Live oak, tulip poplar and magnolia, aspidistra, monkey grass, canna and fatsia. Flowering trees, shrubs and bulbs add spots of color in season along with pots of crotons and other seasonal container plantings. A cutting garden and kitchen garden feature more of the owners' pots, planted containers and ornaments.
The folder includes worksheets, additional photographs, and photocopies of articles.
This property is featured in "A Garden in the Delta", in Better Living section of The Nashville Tennessean, published July 6, 1969; "Life in the Barn" by William Thomas, published in The Commercial Appeal Mid-South Magazine, June 14, 1970; "The McCartys of Merigold" by Franke Keating, published in Mississippi, May/June 1996; "McCartys Pottery," published in Mississippi, July/August 2013