Inside and Outside the Picket Fence


The Arboretum is moving in so many directions. New gardens are being laid out and turned over. Watch for the addition of a hardy hibiscus area that should begin within the next few weeks.

Yes, the hog damage set us back on our heels for a while. What a wonderful opportunity, as you gardeners or fans of gardens already know. So many plants and so little time. The soil is rich, and the maintenance is ongoing. Weekly inspections will keep our efforts at their peak. Our volunteers assess the needs of the property every Wednesday morning and then work where they feel they can help the most. I usually save this comment for the end of the article but will amend my invitation by placing it here. All are welcome to assist with this ongoing project. No experience is necessary, and we are a “come-when-you-are-able-to” type of organization. Work starts Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until it ends.

Inside the picket fence, items are being donated and priced for the annual Fall Yard Sale. Donations are accepted at the house on Wednesday mornings. Please do not bring shoes or clothes. Room by room, the inside of the house is filling up with collectables, kitchenware, electronics, and, well, you can probably name all the categories to be found, including furniture.

See you on Saturday, Sept. 29 for this event. The Quitman Arboretum and downtown Quitman are both undergoing redevelopment. Come and join us on this adventure. The coffee is on.


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