News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

A flower blooms in the garden of Gay Maloney in the Albany historic district.
Daily photos by Jonathan Palmer
A flower blooms in the garden of Gay Maloney in the Albany historic district.


and inspire on annual tour in Old Decatur and Albany

By Patrice Stewart ∑ 340-2446

Itís time to stop and smell the roses — and the dianthus and gardenias and many more flowers.

The annual garden tour in Old Decatur and Albany historic districts will be Sunday, which is Motherís Day, from 1 to 5 p.m.

What better treat for Mom than to take her to lunch, and then walk with her through gardens to see what she likes and to get ideas for plant-ing?

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See this fountain if you tour Pat Foxxís garden in the Albany historic district.
Start at the tour headquarters in Delano Parkís rose garden, where maps will be available listing the 18 gardens open during this free tour.

You can sip refreshments there while enjoying entertainment and the flowers in the restored rose garden.

Albany neighborhood tour chairwoman Carol Puckett said harpist Miriam Tew will play at 1 p.m., followed by the Decatur Youth Symphony, sponsored by Decatur Parks and Recreation Department, at 2 p.m.

Vocalist Kelley Gillikin and guitarist Jake Welch will perform at 3 p.m., and vocalist and guitarist Darin Windham at 4 p.m.

Late freeze

Old Decatur tour chairwoman Peggy Black and many residents of the historic areas said their flowers and gardens took a big hit during the late freeze this year, but some plants that would have bloomed by now in normal weather are slowly coming around.

Youíll still get many ideas, however, even if the plants arenít as full of blossoms as usual in May.

After browsing through yards, you can head for a nursery or garden shop and buy some plants to create a special Motherís Day garden for her.

Clematis grow in the garden of John and Peggy Black in Old Decatur.
Clematis grow in the garden of John and Peggy Black in Old Decatur.
If your mother only has a small area or a porch, work on a container garden. On the garden tour, youíll get ideas for window boxes, urns, lightweight foam planters and hanging baskets to fill with a mix of trailing ivy, geraniums, springeri fern, petunias and begonias.

Youíll see ideas for shade gardens, such as hostas and ferns, as well as for sunny areas to fill with bright shades of impatiens.

Garden accessories are a big part of this tour. Watch for copper bumblebees and butterflies on posts, birdbaths, fountains and statuary. Youíll see how some residents have created complete outdoor living areas, complete with fireplaces and kitchen areas near the grill, and furnished and accessorized them.

Garden tour

These gardens will be open to the public Sunday during the annual garden tour in old Decatur and Albany historic districts, according to co-chairs Carol Puckett, 353-9121, and Peggy Black, 353-0076:


  • Chuck Woodbury, 814 Johnston St. S.E.

  • Chuck and Carol Puckett, 629 Jackson St. S.E.

  • Sherrie and Rick Paler, 823 Jackson St. S.E.

  • Sharon and Rex Rankin, 1023 Sherman St. S.E.

  • Kristen and Joe Propst, 824 Sherman St. S.E.

  • Nancy and Carlos Hagood, 636 Sherman St. S.E.

  • Gay and Mark Maloney, 1012 Gordon Dr. S.E.

  • Margaret Wenzler, 1008 Gordon Drive S.E.

  • Sadama and Donald Poole, 1006 Gordon Drive S.E.

  • Beth and Hank Pearce, 808 Gordon Drive S.E.

  • Pat Foxx, 509 Eighth Ave. S.E.

    Old Decatur

  • Kelly and Jerry Peevy, 610 Ferry St. N.E.

  • June and Jim Odom, 120 Cherry St. N.E.

  • Peggy and John Black, 601 Oak St. N.E.

  • Jackie Speake, 414 Vine St. N.E.

  • Janice and Hal Gaultney, 305 Lafayette St. N.E.

  • Alisa and Greg Poole, 507 Oak St. N.E.

  • Martha and Karl Jacobs, 110 Walnut St. N.E.

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