Madison In Bloom

Spring blossoms with
‘Madison in Bloom’ private garden tour

By Don Ward

(April 2002) MADISON, Ind. – Madison will spring to life in late April and early May with the Madison in Bloom spring garden tour. This popular event features tours of eight private gardens and serves as one of the kickoffs to the summer tourism season.

Alvanna Inn Garden

Alvanna Inn Garden

In conjunction to the tour, the Jefferson County Historical Society also will holds its third annual Regional Art Show at the museum, located at 615 W. First St. The show runs from April 20 to May 31 and includes free entry with a Madison in Bloom ticket.
Artists from southern Indiana and Kentucky have submitted their work in a variety of media for this juried show. Cash prizes are awarded in this show which is growing in prestige.
The Arts and Crafts Show also will be held those weekends at the 1895 Madison Railroad Station, located beside the museum. Eight craftsmen and artisans have set up shop around the station. You’ll find a souvenir from the many items offered for sale.
Garden tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (slow time) Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tour tickets are $11 in advance and $13 after April 12. Children under 12 are admitted free.

• Tickets may be purchased at the museum or at the Madison Area Convention & Visitors Center, 301 E. Main St. For information, call the museum at (812) 265-2335 or the Visitors Center (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956. Or visit the website: http://www.seidata.com/~jchs/gardentour.html.

Tour Sites:

• Herb and Louise Kant, 956 W. Second St.
One of the most unusual and interesting approaches to gardening ever to be seen on “Madison In Bloom,” the Kants’ garden is grown completely from seedlings and cuttings started over the winter. “We didn’t want anything from the store,” Louise said. They had more than 600 plants in 60 indoor containers that have been transplanted this spring. Visitors also will be able to see the Kants’ dining room, which is furnished eclectically with some American antiques.

• Paul & Betty Konkle, 735 W. Main St.

An example of modern living in a contemporary house in Madison’s historic district, the Konkle’s yard is enclosed in antique wrought iron fence. The backyard get-away has a bird bath, feeders, a fish pond and hot tub. The patio and part of the fish pond are constructed from native rocks and stones gathered from area creek beds and are filled with fossils.

• Dana Riddle, Crescent House, 617 W. Main St.

Crescent House garden is a large one by Madison standards and is undergoing restoration and development into an English rose garden. The garden will incorporate many rose varieties including antique, climbing and hybrid tea. Flowering ornamentals and fruit trees line the perimeter of the garden, while perennials and trees include hostas, Japanese boxwood and holly. Spring bulbs provides a splash of color.

• Doug & Judy Rogers, 419 W. Main St.
The Rogers share their garden with their next-door neighbors, the Lytle Gans Andrews Funeral Home and the garden clearly shows the benefits of a joint effort. A lovely fountain and small fish pond make for a well-known Main Street landmark, while additional color, potted plants, evergreen, ivy, ajuga are tucked away behind the house.

• Phil Jarvis & Russ Branaman, 312 Presbyterian St.
Here visitors not only get to visit a new garden, but also are allowed to see one of Madison’s finest collections of American and European antiques in the house itself. Upon entering, be sure to notice the cherry staircase and the parlor set for a formal tea. The garden itself is a private, enclosed space, which features formal, bricked edged geometric beds with limestone walks. The plantings emphasize form and texture.

• Alvanna Bed & Breakfast, 509 Jefferson St.

The Alvanna Inn garden offers an intimacy, combined with a blend of textures and whimsy. Especially noteworthy here is the creative use of plants, shrubs, mirrors, pottery, china, architectural elements and topiary. The centerpiece of the garden is the gazebo, encased by honeysuckle. Welcoming, soothing sounds are created by the fountains and pond in the garden.

• Hank Bissmeyer, 606 Walnut St.
This is a garden from a section of Madison’s historic district, not previously known for gardening. Two century-old sycamores grace the frontage of this 1860’s cottage; flowering tress, perennials and annuals mark the English country style garden, which is nestled in the surrounding hills. Wrought iron statuary and natural creek stone provide welcoming accents.

• Brian Buchanan, 113 E. Second St.

Hidden away from pedestrians walking down the street, this garden is an imaginative use of antique sculpture and building remnants from Europe and America. Brick paths, boxwoods and unusually shaped old trees make this an interesting experience where gardeners can pick up lots of ideas for creative plantings.

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