By Dottie Dewberry
“On the Road Again” is getting to be the motto of the ladies of the Maben Home and Garden Club as they once again took to the road out of town May 20 to visit a most palatial garden located in the Center community: the home and garden of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edwards on South Union Road.
There are not enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe the gardens surrounding the home of the Edwards. From the road, your eye is drawn to regal trees, all surrounded with plantings of hosta, variegated liriope, azaleas, Siberian iris, nandina, roses, daylilies, hydrangeas and any number of beautiful low-growing plants.
As the club ladies drove up the circle drive, the gorgeous home, the manicured shrubs and grass drew the eye into the landscape. Over to the left was a guest house that may have housed Debbie’s parents at some time or the other. Traveling on around the house, the eye is drawn to a picturesque dwelling appropriately named “the plant hospital”; this is where they take care of potting plants, of which there were 50 or more planted pots around the place.
Finally, you are at the rear of the home. There, two- or three-level decks and pergolas offer places to lounge as you gaze across the embankment that has a rather large overflowing urn surrounded with Siberian iris and some other floral beds: azaleas, nandina and striped ornamental grass that were edged with large sand rocks.
Across the way is a gazebo offering lounges for those who have time to lounge. There is also a grape arbor complete with a ladder and a bucket for picking grapes. Most every spot had various-sized pots filled with hostas, purple cane, clematis or other blooming summer plants. One walkway was filled with red caladiums and hostas; it was striking. Off in the distance were two raised beds for vegetables.
One specimen of interest was a dogwood with a sign asking for prayers as it only has a few leaves; obviously, the cruel cold winter had killed it back severely, but optimistically, there are a few leaves, so there is hope. This was a tree given by Debbie’s father.
The club ladies were filled with enthusiasm as they looked to their hearts’ content at all the beauty wheresoever the eye should look. Debbie and Larry, out hosts, offered a variety of Coke products and sacks of cookies for the ladies to partake as they looked in awe and toured around.
Three former Sturgis school teachers, Lorelei Morgan, Kay Lewis and Dottie Dewberry, had a marvelous time reminiscing with Debbie about her brother Donald and former Principal Miller T. Griffin as they had worked with them for many, many years. Stories told at the Edwards stay at the Edwards.
As all things must come to an end, the ladies took their leave and traveled back to Maben.
Before the tour, the club partook of lunch at the Central Service Grill in its private dining room, which was most attractively decorated with oil paintings of flowers around the room. One truly dazzling art piece was a mosaic of flowers surrounding a mirror.
Mrs. Jane Collins presented the devotion and the blessing of the meal.
Mrs. Joyce Holt Hays installed the 2014-2015 officers: President – Dottie Dewberry, Vice President – Sandra Bishop, Secretary – Sylvia Templeton and Treasurer – Martha McMinn.
The door prizes, which were donated by Suretha Brooks and Gladys Hendrix, were won by Jackie Christopher, Anne Earnest and Sandra Bishop.
The group adjourned until September, when the new club year will begin.