Enjoy your March DeSoto Magazine!

Signs of Spring

​Although we still may have a few chilly mornings this month, the signs of spring are quietly showing themselves. Daffodil buds are peeking through the mulch, bluebirds are building their nests in a nearby birdhouse, tiny frogs are creating quite a chorus near the lake each evening, and butterflies are dancing around my flower beds. And it’s been joyful (and rewarding) to watch my gardening efforts take root with bumper crops of lettuce and herbs that are now ready for consumption.

I was especially excited to read Pamela Keene’s feature story, “Lovely Lavender,” because I’ve wanted to grow this fragrant plant for years but was discouraged because of the heat and humidity in my gardening zone. Not only does Pamela introduce us to two families who own lavender farms, but she also shares tips for choosing the right kinds of lavender plants for local gardens.

​Bonsai trees are works of art as Tracy Morin tells us in her feature story about Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery. Imagine our surprise to learn this Olive Branch business is the largest bonsai nursery in the U.S., and they even supply the miniature trees for a Netflix television show.

Where do you go for answers to your gardening questions? Writer Connie Pearson found her answers at Petals from the Past in Jemison, Ala. Her feature story about the multi-generational family that owns this fabulous gardening center is one you don’t want to skip if you are looking for educational workshops, online resources, or just a day trip to a beautiful garden.

This month’s Green & Growing issue is filled with stories for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Even if you aren’t interested in playing in the dirt, you’ll find stories about fun destinations like Vicksburg and Dauphin Island, delicious food, and talented artists and performers. 

Looking back at our February issue, we apologize to Jessielyn Palumbo, whose name was omitted from the credits in our story about Miss Mississippi USA Asya Branch. Both Palumbo and Benjamin Askinas supplied photos through the IMG Universe LLC.

Happy reading,