A Retirement Worth Celebrating – The Educational Legacy of Karen May

Karen May is one of those rare friends who comes along in a lifetime.  For over 20 years I have been nurtured by her friendship.    There are a multitude of words that describe Karen,  and her hundreds of friends, family members, and former students can certainly attest to that.  Empathetic, sacrificing, loving, selfless, faithful, […]

Northeast Mississippi Rose Society Celebrates 15 Years

The Northeast Mississippi Rose Society recently celebrated its 15th successful rose show, however, there was definitely a lingering sadness among the participants with the recent loss of its founder, Tommie Bourland.  An avid Rosarian, she founded the Northeast Mississippi Rose Society in Tupelo, serving as its capable President for many years,  and also organized the […]

Peonies – A Legacy from the Past and a Promise for the Future

  Next to roses, my Mother’s favorite spring garden bloom was, without a doubt, the peony.  These sumptuous, fragrant flowers only bloom for about three weeks during the end of April and first of May in north Mississippi.  Mrs. Ada Guthrie, one of my Mother’s mentors and a gracious Southern lady in her own right, […]

Butchart Gardens – Over a Century of Splendor

One of the world’s premier show gardens, Butchart Gardens, has delighted garden aficionados with its majesty for over one hundred years.  Robert Butchart was attracted to Tod Inlet by the plentiful supply of limestone deposits there which were essential for building his cement production factory.  Starting only with sweet pea seeds and a rose bush, […]