Madison in Bloom

Angells add a touch of Charleston
to their downtown Madison garden

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

(April 2005) – LeeAnn and Larry Angell describe their garden as being “patterned after southern style, formal and orderly.” The couple often visits Charlestown, S.C., where Larry lived for several years. They admire the beauty and elegance of the gardens they often see there.

LeeAnn and Larry Angell

Photo by Debra Maylum

LeeAnn and Larry Angell will display
their southern-style garden creations
during this year’s Madison in Bloom.

“The gardens there take up the whole yard,” Larry Angell said. “Many people plant a garden around the perimeter of their grass, but our entire back yard is a garden.”
The Angells have used some of the ideas they have seen down south in their own garden. Others will be able to enjoy the Angell’s creation in April and May during the annual “Madison in Bloom” Spring Garden Tour. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society, the event serves as the unofficial start of the tourist season in Madison, Ind.
The Angells, who live at 807 W. Third St, take pride in their Stella Dore Lillies, a fountain cherry, roses, grasses and much more. “My Japanese Maple is my favorite,” said LeeAnn Angell. “It is a dwarf tree that grows red leaves. It’s beautiful.”
The Angells moved into their home eight years ago and began the entire garden from scratch. “We laid out the design and went to work,” said Larry. “We planned it so that during the warm season, something is always in bloom.”
They brought in 28 tons of sand and hundreds of bricks for the pathway. They purchased the bricks, which used to be the downtown Madison High School, from the city. The history of the area is one of the reasons the Angells love Madison, they say, and the old bricks will always remain a part of their garden. After many years of work, the garden is getting so big that they have no room to plant anything else.
“We have to put our tomato plant in a pot on the porch because there is no room for it in the garden,” Larry said.
“Its ongoing,” said LeeAnn. “We aren’t adding anything else, but now we have to start deleting things as some of the plants get bigger. I spend a couple of hours a day out there in the summer.”

LeeAnn and Larry Angell

Photo by Debra Maylum

Garden that is on display for guests
to see what is possible in
their own back yard.

Both LeeAnn and Larry Angel have gardened for as long as they can remember. Both have always gardened as a hobby in addition to working in the landscaping business.
About a year ago, Larry decided it was time to use his 22 years of experience to open his own business. “Its something he always wanted to do,” said LeeAnn. “Gardening is something we have always loved, and one day he just decided it was time.”
The couple has enjoyed sharing their garden in other tours. It was featured in last year’s Mid-Summer Garden Tour.
“Most people come to the tour looking for something different and to get ideas,” LeeAnn said. “We try to mark everything in the garden and we both have the knowledge to talk to people about how they could grow some of the same plants.”
Madison in Bloom will be held on the weekends of April 30-May 1 and May 7-8. All of the gardens featured in this year’s tour are located in downtown Madison. With a ticket, guests receive a map of downtown showing all of the gardens and other notable destinations to visit on a walking tour.

• For more information, call the historical society at (812) 265-2335 or the tourism office at (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956.

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