One Writer’s Garden And A Giveaway

My dear friend Susan Haltom co-authored the book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place with Jane Roy Brown.  I was lucky enough to get to know Jane Roy along the way as well.  The book chronicles the garden Miss Welty’s mother, Chestina, planned and plotted and tended along with Eudora’s help.  The beautiful photographs are the work of well known landscape photographer, Langdon Clay.

I want to tell you – this book is gorgeous and chock full of wonderful stories and information…

One Writer's Garden

Spring 2014 will mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the garden for tours.  Toward the end of her life Miss Welty was not able to tend what she called “my mother’s garden” and this is where Susan Haltom stepped in.  Working for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Susan was dispatched to assist with bringing the garden out of its’s deep sleep and back to life.

The garden was created in 1925 by Chestina Welty.  Susan keeps it alive and well today with a group of committed volunteers dubbed the “cereus weeders”,

a nod to the Night Blooming Cereus Club created by Eudora and friends.

As Eudora told Susan when the garden restoration was in its’ infancy,

“I think that people have lost the working garden.  We used to get down on our hands and knees. The absolute contact between hand and the earth, the intimacy of it, that is the instinct of a gardener.  People like to classify, categorize, and that takes away from creativity.  I think the artist – in every sense of the word – learns from what’s individual; that’s where the wonder expresses itself.”

Part of the plan was to have something blooming in every season.

The camellias are stunning in the winter when nothing else is flowering…


spirea in spring…


sweet peas are spectacular…

sweet peas

sweet peas

beautiful native azalea…

native azalea

today there are a group of gardeners planting, tending, kneeling, weeding, just as they might have been in the 1920’s…

cereus weeders

roses in summer…


marvelous morning glories…

morning glory

ready to unfurl…

morning glory

against the clear blue sky…

morning glory

a butterfly visiting zinnias in summer…

butterfly, zinnias

Thanks to Susan, today I am  excited to offer a copy of the book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place to be given away to one lucky reader.

For your chance to win simply leave me a comment here on the post or send me an email at

For additional chances to win follow me on facebook, pinterest or instagram.  If you already follow just tell me so in your comment for an extra chance to win. I will enter you for one chance for each of these actions!

The drawing will be random and  the winner announced next Wednesday!

Good luck!



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  1. Donna Evans says:

    It is a beautiful book. I’d love to win one!

  2. Put my name in for the drawing! Would love to share the book with someone! I forwarded this post to all the past and present FoodCorps workers. The quote about connecting with the earth is beautiful and I know they will “get it!”

  3. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my blog with the FoodCorps workers! Good luck in the drawing!

  4. Deborah Feldman says:

    Love your garden pictures and would love the book.

  5. Beautiful book which I would love to win. Enjoy your lovely posts.

    • says:

      Thank you for your kind words and for reading my blog! I wish you good luck in the drawing!

  6. Beautiful pictures!! Love your daily blog!

  7. Janet Ingram says:

    Love the flower photos today. Sweet peas, morning glories, all of them!

  8. says:

    Good luck Janet! Thanks also to all of you who have sent me an email, the pool is growing!

  9. the garden is lovely, and I am grateful to the Eudora Welty women for having the foresight to maintain the garden just as the Welty women saw it. The book would have a special spot on my shelves as does the author.

  10. I love your antiquing & gardening blogs, but I just love your doggie pics the most ~ and your Flower Girls the mostest. Keep ’em coming! And please enter me in a chance to win One Writer’s Garden.

  11. Shannon Collins says:

    Love your blog! Enter me, please.

  12. Sally North says:

    Love your blog! It is a treat to wake up and find a new blog. Please enter me in the contest.

  13. Martha Nicholson says:

    Put my name in the bowl for the drawing please! Love all the ideas today for Festive Fall color….have a great weekend!

  14. I look forward to your blog!
    Would love to win the book!

  15. Virginia primos says:

    Hey Marsha. Please enter my name in drawing for book. Thanks. Va

  16. Anne McKeown says:

    Marsha, love your blog. Your photos are stunning. Thank you. Would love to win the book as I do not have a copy!

  17. Finney moore says:

    I am so impressed you do a blog daily. I LOVE it.
    You are so creative and interesting !!!

  18. Lindy King Penny says:

    I miss my home state! Thank you for giving me a “taste of home” with your Blog. I get homesick every time I read it. Lindy

    • says:

      Oh I am so glad that you are reading along and hope that you continue to enjoy the Mississippi musings!

  19. Lynn Grenfell says:

    I gave my mother this book last Christmas and she is planning a program for her garden club , magnolia garden club, in January using this book. Mary Alice White gave me some of the seeds fron Eudora’s zinnias and mother is going to give those to the members at her meeting in January. I would love to win this book!

  20. Lynn Grenfell says:

    Btw, I am in senatobia now and telling mother that you once lived in coldwater, but I can’t remember the details…..please fill in the blanks, so that I can share with her.


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