| By Lynn Jones McCullar
The Peony Garden Tour on Wednesday, May 3 will pay homage to the love of gardening, a legacy passed down through generations. Sponsored by the Batesville Garden Club, visitors will tour the homes of Cindy Allgood, Kathy Burkhalter, and Mark Heafner between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m.
"The tour is the major fund-raiser of the club," explained Allgood, chairman of the event. " We are inviting everyone to enjoy touring these three beautiful gardens."
Cindy’s own garden at 1287 Goodhope Road will feature her collection of over thirty peonies.
"My great-grandmother gave the first peony in our family to my grandmother as a gift when my father was born in 1934. My grandmother passed cuttings on to my mother, Ellen Boyd, and she passed them to me."
The Heafner home, built in Batesville’s first subdivision soon after the end of World War II, is surrounded by wrought iron gates, brick walkways, and an array of plants. Hanging baskets of fuschia petunias grace the Southern-style verandah which is bordered with beds of begonias, azaleas, and pansies.
"My mother had me plant the magnolia tree in the front yard in April prior to her being diagnosed with cancer in June," Mark continued.
"We almost lost it, but now it is a thriving tribute to my mother."
One of three water features is located in the front yard with two elephant fountains, lilies, and monkey grass.
"Our garden is a sentimental garden with plants from both of our mothers and our friends," noted Kathy Burkhalter whose home at 109 Church Street was home of Dot and Jimmy Blakely until 1986 and built by the Snelling family circa 1908.
"Our yard is an heirloom yard that reflects our heritage," explained Kathy.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $5 at First Security Bank, Clark Insurance, and Maria Prather Designs. Call Kathy at 662-563- 9311 for more information.