United States of America, Mississippi, Washington, Greenville
The Bradley Garden (Greenville, Mississippi)
The green and white gardens came as part of the property, planted with white azaleas, white phlox, white calla lilies and a white Japanese magnolia by the previous owner, Margaret Wilkes, artist and past president of both the Greenville Garden Club and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi. Comprising less than one-half acre the front and back gardens feature white-flowering evergreens and perennials and front and back lawns of zoysia grass. Oak and magnolia trees provide shade in the front garden, where boxwood hedges, serpentine beds of creeping jasmine and white azaleas were planted. A row of white crape myrtles leads to an arch covered with confederate jasmine and a climbing rose over the brick walkway that is one of the entrances to the back garden. Another iron arch on the opposite side of the house, also covered with confederate jasmine, leads to the main entrance of the back garden where there are two washed concrete patios connected by a brick walkway on an axis parallel to the back of the house, and a third arch with confederate jasmine and white clematis. Containers on the patios have small boxwood and white violas in the cooler seasons that are replaced by white caladiums in summer.
Broad serpentine beds surround the back garden lawn on four sides, and are heavily planted with evergreen shrubs including long stretches of white azaleas. In early spring blue woodland phlox blooms all around the rectangular garden, adding color to the white daffodils and pink and white tulips. In summer the garden is predominantly green with white caladiums planted among the perennial hostas and ferns. One of the patios and the beds on the west side of the house are sunnier so contain more colorful plantings including foxgloves and roses. A brick wall separating the back garden from the service area is covered with creeping fig while a wooden fence along the side of the property is screened by a row of hollies, with the lower branches removed so azaleas can fill in.
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Persons associated with the garden include: Margaret England Wilkes (Mrs. B.B.) (former owner, 1956-2000).
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The Greenville Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets .and photocopies of articles.
Garden has been featured in The Garden Club of Virginia Journal, XXIX, No.1 (January-February 1984), p.5
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