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Garden Tour Home No. 1 - Dr. Woodie and Dianne Mason
When Dr. Woodie and Dianne Mason lost their Gulf Coast home to Hurricane Katrina,
they relocated to Wildwood Subdivision in Madison. Although saddened by the loss of
their home, they were able to incorporate some elements of their Diamondhead property
into their new home. In this way, their backyard is as much a human interest
story as it is a garden story.
Garden Tour Home No. 2 - Janna and Randy McIntosh
Garden No. 5 - Jenny’s Garden - MRA Campus
The headquarters for the Gardens of Madison County is located at MRA and features Jenny’s
Garden. This garden was designed in May of 1999, as a memorial to Jennifer Lynn Palmer, a
student at MRA. Her parents, Randy and Lynn, and her older sister, Anne, and Jenny’s fourth
grade classmates, wanted to have a special place for students and faculty to treasure. Prior
to dedication, Jenny’s classmates released one hundred Painted Lady
butterflies into this beautiful garden.
Garden Tour Home No. 4 - Dr. Rahul and Sherry Vohra
First time visitors to the Tavern Hill home of Dr. Rahul and Sherry Vohra have no idea what
awaits them. The three acre property at the end of Coachmans Road is part waterfront
resort and part nature walk. Anyone who loves the outdoors will find something to interest
them here. Coming from the driveway, visitors will enter through a crushed
slate walkway with stone edges, outlined by linear borders of boxwood.
Garden Tour Home No. 3 - Patricia and John Arthur Eaves
Garden Tour Home No. 6 - Lee and Terry Powell
Garden Tour Home No. 7 - Marsha and Danny Russell
Garden Tour Home No. 8 - O’Hara and Bill Croswell
Photos courtesy of Lisa Agent
Terry and Lee Powell and their daughter Perry love to take tropical vacations. They enjoy it
so much, in fact, that they decided to bring some of the tropics back to their own
backyard. The result is a backyard haven in Ashton Park that can be used 365 days a year.
Terry Powell wanted to create a place that engaged all five senses, and he wanted a place
where his daughter and her friends could enjoy themselves. He has accomplished both in
Marsha and Danny Russell’s two daughters started kindergarten and graduated at MRA, as
did both of their husbands. The Russells now have six grandchildren who are currently
enrolled. Similarly, when the Russells built their beautiful home in Ingleside Subdivision in
1988, they put down roots and are still there today. As Mrs. Russell put it, once they
settle somewhere, they tend to stay.
Bill Croswell spent a year studying in Southern France, and he and his wife O’Hara
have traveled back to the area several times. When they designed their Township
home with architect Scott Morgan, they included influences from the region both in
the house itself and the outdoor areas.
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The home where Janna McIntosh grew up had a pool and backyard perfect for a growing
family (see Danny and Marsha Russell home). When Janna and husband Randy designed
the back yard of their Wildwood Subdivision home, they stuck with that theme.
Rose Meade, the beautiful home of Patricia and John Arthur Eaves, is located on North Old
Canton Road in Madison County. Hearing the name, you might expect to see a good many
roses during the tour, and you’d be right. But that is only the beginning. Spend any time at
all with Mrs. Eaves and you’ll know she loves two things: family and gardening.