Avid gardeners welcome visitors at 9th annual garden tour

A kokodama (also spelled kokedama) is a Japanese hanging plant. Dixie Henderson explained how to create one: Wrap soil around plant roots to form a tight mud ball, and then wrap sphagnum moss and wire around the ball. Finish with sheet moss and hemp twine. Photo by Carolyn Bahm.

Visitors were treated to lush gardens, views of clearly labeled plants and tips from knowledgeable gardeners at Saturday’s tour in Bartlett and Cordova. “Through Our Garden Gates” was the ninth annual event hosted by the Memphis Area Gardeners.

Guests toured four homes within an eight-mile radius. The event was free, but donations were accepted.

One location included seed giveaways, and another had a plant sale. Experts were on hand to discuss trees, monarch butterfly habitats, how to attract birds, design ideas and solutions to common problems.

The first home in Bartlett is that of master gardener Dixie Henderson at 8046 Breezy Meadows Lane. The landscaped garden and mature trees were major selling points for this avid gardener when she moved three years ago. Heaters allow year-round use of the patio to comfortably enjoy nature during the cooler months.

This garden has been designated as both a wildlife habitat and a monarch way station, and the trees have been judiciously pruned to allow for both sun and shade gardening. Low stone walls and gravel pathways are in place to address drainage issues in a creative manner.

The second home in Bartlett was that of master gardener Angelika Hall at 7186 Deerfield Road. This suburban garden is filled with more than 350 species of natives, ornamentals, herbs and vegetables.

Hall is especially versed in the medicinal use of plants and organic techniques. Her National Wildlife Certified Garden is filled with plants that provide color and fragrance to attract pollinators and other insects, which in turn attract the birds. A water feature adds to the peacefulness.

CAROLYN BAHM is the editor of The Bartlett Express. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com.

Dixie Henderson’s garden

Angelika Hall’s garden