Earlier this week I swung by the fantastic art garden outside the Mississippi Museum of Art, downtotwn Jackson, to take photos of the autumn colors. Celebrated Landscape Architect Robert Poore, who has designed many of award-winning native plant gardens in this part of the South, did a superb job of incorporating both native and hardy non-natives into his masterful overall design (beds, large raised planters, walks, steps, seating, the “works that make things work”).
Against the backdrop of a crystal clear blue sky and some of Jackson’s most eclectic buildings, I managed to catch the last of the intense red fall colors of the sumac trees beside large grasses in their full fall flowering and just-turning-brown foliage.
On this week’s program I am interviewing MMA Director Betsy Bradley, the guru behind the exciting garden. We’ll talk about not only the garden, its purpose and goals and how it is used, but also some of the deeply stirring displays and evocative Mississippi quotes inside the museum which are related to our beloved Mississippi homeland.
If you want to see how well grasses and native plants work together, especially in the normally-dreary winter, make a point to swing by the museum’s art garden, but take time to tour the free Mississippi art exhibits inside. Take some kids with you.