add a touch of Charleston
to their downtown Madison garden
(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
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and Larry Angell will display
their southern-style garden creations
during this years 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 Angells 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,
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. Its 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 arent 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.
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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 years 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 years 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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