Eudora Welty House Garden
worked to lay out and plant the garden according to the style of the day, which
called for outdoor rooms and flower borders. She and her daughter considered horticulture
and garden making to be a learning experience, and they shared with friends both
plants and information from the latest gardening literature. Books by Elizabeth
Lawrence, Rodale, and Vita Sackville-West were among many volumes on gardening
in the Welty library.
was everywhere in the streets, wisteria just ending, Confederate jasmine just
beginning. And down in the gardens! they were deep colored as old rugs
in the morning and evening shade. Everybody grew some of the best of everybody
From the short story "Kin"
Welty loved bulbs, and the upper garden is filled with them. She collected zephranthes,
or rain lilies, surprise lilies, milk-and-wine lilies, spider lilies, and her
favorite, hyacinthus-French Roman hyacinths. Chestina created garden borders that
included day lilies, phlox, stokesia, Easter lilies, chrysanthemums, and jonquils.