To Galveston and Beyond
We did find a lovely botanical garden in Jackson. It was called Mynelle Gardens and is a former private home purchased by William H. Allen, a lumber company owner in 1895. Allen was the great grandson of Revolutionary War hero, Ethan Allen, and a soldier in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The place stayed in the family and opened to the public in 1953. In 1973, Mynelle Westbrook Hayward, the last of the family, sold the garden to the City of Jackson. The area was beautifully tended and had lots of ponds and little fountains with statuary of everyone from Quan Yin to Buddha to several very nicely cast angels and little children. The ponds were full of turtles and surrounded by flora including lots of gorgeous, multi-colored camellias. It was a great place to sit quietly away from the very noisy city streets.
Our next stop was New Orleans for several days and I'll tell you all about it next month. Bon ton roulet! (Let the good times roll.)