The Good Life in Mississippi

Peruse these home and garden articles that will inspire you to create your own beautiful surroundings.

Chrysanthemums

September is the time to purchase chrysanthemums, and oh, how these colorful flowers enhance the garden and spruce up containers after the long, hot summer. My advice is to purchase as many mums as your budget will allow, but here are a few tips to consider:  ...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: SEEKING OUT

BEST PLACE TO FIND A GREAT BOOK Lemuria Jackson | 601.366.7619 | www. lemuriabooks.com  When Lemuria opened in 1975, it was located in a small spot on Lakeland Drive. Today, it occupies nearly the entire second floor of Banner Hall and consistently features signings...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: DINING OUT

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Patio 44 Hattiesburg | 601.602.6907  | www.patiofortyfour.com Patio 44 hit the Pine Belt’s culinary scene in September of 2013, and this self-proclaimed “patio-themed” restaurant is the perfect spot for enjoying an afternoon or evening meal al...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: GETTING OUT

BEST BED & BREAKFAST Dunleith Historic Inn Natchez | 800.433.2445 | www.dunleith.com Built in 1856, Dunleith is one of Mississippi’s most prized plantations. Located in the heart of Natchez on 40 landscaped acres, it includes a carriage house, stables, a dairy...

CREEKSIDE CLASSIC

This Federal-style brick house was originally built as a Queen Anne wood-frame structure in 1905, the home to Mr. H. Goepel, manager and treasurer of the neighboring Leland Oil Mill. Goepel and his family remained in their beloved home for years before relocating to...

THE BRIGHT SIDE

The secret to a happy garden lies below the surface. Virginia Primos’ prolifically growing roses and showy hydrangeas are proof of that. “I think if you start with good dirt, you’re going to do better with everything,” explains Primos, who...

FRENCH FLAIR

After more 30 years of marriage, Gean Claire and Amos Belknap decided they needed a peaceful retreat away from city life. While on a leisurely drive, the couple discovered their future home, still under construction, in Palisades on the Reservoir in Rankin County. The...

EPHEMERAL WILDFLOWERS OF MISSISSIPPI

Take a walk on the wild side. STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGARET GRATZ Early spring in Mississippi is pilgrimage time. Historic homes and gardens welcome visitors from near and far. Azaleas are in full bloom, Lady Banks roses cascade over walls, and fragrant wisteria vines...