Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


With the arrival of the feral hog gang plundering and pillaging the beautiful gardens that graced the grounds at the arboretum, I am reminded of the lyrics from a song of yesteryear. “Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” This will be my new approach to gardening.

Many thanks to all who attended the yard sale at the Stinson House. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The annual Fall Plant Sale is next on our calendar of fundraising events. Each year, for many years, we have been able to offer the public a splendid variety of appropriate fall plants, some for immediate color, and many for continued growth and bloom. Please join us on Saturday at 8 a.m. We guarantee to please!

Today (Wednesday) marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Pam Riley, assisted by friends, fellow gardeners, and members of the community, turned a wooded area at the rear of Hogg Park into a spot of beauty. The 23 acres and the accompanying Stinson House have hosted movie makers, wedding parties, graduation and wedding photos, weekend walkers, photographers, tourists, history buffs and members of the surrounding community enjoying the gardens and walking trails.

We eagerly await the demise of the merry band of Hogg Park Hogs who are now using our beautiful grounds as their evening venue. Gardeners shall persevere, as they always have. We love a challenge. Please come out and join us on any Wednesday. The coffee is on.


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