Jackson, Mississippi

Eudora Welty House and Garden

For the Pulitzer Prize winning Southern writer Eudora Welty, her roots were in her garden. Originally designed by her mother in 1925, Welty mentioned the family garden behind their Pinehurst Street home often in her works, including The Optomists Daughter and One Writer’s Beginnings, her autobiography. The Eudora Welty House is a National Historic Landmark. Welty died in 2001 at age 92, but the garden that she and her mother lovingly tended is being restored to a 1925-1945 Southern garden. Highlights include an extensive perennial border and rose garden, reconstructed trellises and latticework, a woodland garden, and camellia collection. Open for tours by reservation only, Wednesday – Friday, March through October. Email weltytours@mdah.state.ms.us or call 601.353.7762. Photo: Welty could look out on her garden from her kitchen window. [ info ]