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Pilgrimage 2017

Yes, it’s true!  Wise Manor’s gardens will again be featured during the annual Historical Pilgrimage on the first weekend in May, 2017!  We’re looking forward to showing off our gardens and hoping the azaleas and amaryllis decide to bloom late and/or early.

September Garden of the Month!

Wise Manor's garden is selected as Jessie Allem Wise Garden Club Garden of the Month for September 2015!

WISE MANOR’s garden is selected as JESSIE ALLEN WISE GARDEN CLUB’s GARDEN OF THE MONTH for September,  2015!

 

 

Garden open to public

It’s official!  Wise Manor Gardens will open to visitors to Jefferson during the annual Historic Pilgrimage of Homes this year on May 1-2!  C. Jai and I are both delighted to be chosen and are stepping up our efforts to complete plans we have discussed for improving the garden.  It’s my understanding that buying a ticket to tour the homes will admit you to the Twilight Garden Stroll which will include Wise Manor Gardens this year.  Lots going on that weekend!  Reserve your room now!

Landscaping! 2

I am thrilled at the work C. Jai has done on the lawn and garden here at Wise Manor!  My amaryllis now have a bed of their own and are prepping for a spring display.  The camillias C. Jai planted are in full flower and the azaleas and crape myrtles are gathering strength for their own spring spectacle.  I have a new flashy Shumard red oak to replace the three ancient pecans I lost to the drought, and I have a private little “garden room” outside my back door with a bubbling fountain and display plants.  My “iron plants” have been moved to the gap between the car port and the house to hide my ageing foundation (how prophetic!).  I’ve been gathering royal blue pots for highlighting and have begun to hang interesting architectural items on the new privacy fence.  We have a few more smaller projects to complete (lighting, statuary) but for now we are weathering the fall/winter months until my new garden’s first spring–can hardly wait!  COME SEE!

Saturday afternoon in Jefferson

Just returned from the Excelsior House Hotel where the owners (the Jessie Allen WISE Garden Club< did you get the hint?  Jessie Allen Wise was my great grandmother on my dad’s side>) held a beautiful anniversary tea.  The table was set with tasty items from the Excelsior House Cookbook and each item was labeled with the page number from the Cookbook!  We took our plates out into the courtyard and chatted beneath a portable pavilion set up for the occasion.  Several of the ladies were in period costume and apparently had persuaded several gentlemen into period gear for the festivities.  The day is sunny and warm; a perfect day for a tea party

Work on the exterior of Wise Manor progresses.  These guys are skilled, neat, and polite.  I am truly blessed!  Glenn is designing my dumb waiter; we are considering motorizing it!  I vote YES!

Someone said a lovely thing to me earlier today at the tea when I was extolling the renovations of Wise Manor, “Wise Manor is a Jefferson gem!”  I like that!  I really, really LIKE THAT!  This house makes me happy, and comments like that intoxicate me!

Thank you for all the lovely complements on the new web site.  Holly is pleased that I am pleased; and I am pleased that you find the site interesting and beautiful!  Thanks for your input; it is always welcome.