Mrs. Varina's Garden
A Letter From Our Master Gardners
My name is Carla Harbin and I am a member of Mississippi Division United Daughters of the Confederacy Biloxi Beauvoir #623, and Mississippi Society Order of Confederate Rose Ladies of Beauvoir #20.
Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Shieldboro Rifles compatriot Michael Redmond and I have been tasked with overseeing and implementation of restoring Varina's Garden at Beauvoir its original state as laid out in plans from 2013 in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Michael and I are in the process of completing our internship to become Mississippi Master Gardeners. This experience is providing us with the knowledge and skills we'll need for the restoration and long term future care for the garden. We do this strictly on a voluntary basis from a mutual love and long term future care for the garden. We do this strictly on a voluntary basis from a mutual love and respect for what Beauvoir stands for and a strong desire to see it flourish as it did under Varina's care. Once restored to its former glory, the garden could become an attraction for visitors to experience and learn about a historic Southern botanical garden.
We must replace 48 of the roses in the central rose garden and an undetermined number of fruit trees and other plants. We would appreciate it if anyone in your Division's camps might find it worthy to donate the purchase cost of a rose bush and/or a fruit tree. The roses cost range from $16.95 - $18.00 each and fruit trees $35.00 - $40.00 dollars. Any camp that donates a fruit tree will have a permanent donor plaque placed on a memorial board with the camp's name, number, and division.
Currently, we have some funds available for compost, fertilizer, and other items needed to give the new plants an excellent start. Fortunately, we have a long growing season to work with. We are in the planning states now to begin the garden clean-up and soil preparation. Assisting us with this are Mississippi State University Extension Agents from both Harrison and Hancock Counties. If you find that you'd like to help with this, please contact us through the office at Beauvoir.
If you would like to donate to this historic restoration of the beauty of Beauvoir, please make checks payable to "Beauvoir" and write "Garden Restoration Project" in the memo line. Please include your full camp name, number, and division with your donation as you would like it to appear on the donor sign.
Please mail your donation to:
Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library
ATTN: Varina's Garden
2244 Beach Boulevard | Biloxi, MS 39531
We thank you for your generosity.
Carla Harbin and Michael Redmon
Donations for Memorial Board
Rose Petals Nursery, Newberry, Florida
Triton, Long Beach, Mississippi
The Garden Clubs of Mississippi
Order of the Steel Magnolias, Durham, North Carolina
In Memory of
Laurie Clippinger Brinkley
Dr. David Clippinger
Mrs. Joan Latimer
Sam McGan III
Stacey Elizabeth Dunn
Jacob Andrew Echols
John L. Echols
John L. Echols, JR.
Justin Woodrow Echols
Paul Maitland Echols
William D. Harrell
Lt. Col (RET) Kimble L. Johnson
William & Sherry Latham
Charla R. Lewis
Dr. William & Ruth Murdock
Sandra F. Smith
Brian & Angela Waller
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Samuel H. Powe Camp #225 Mississippi Division
Sam Davis Camp #596 Mississippi Division
Lt. Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #1353 Mississippi Division
Captain James W. Bryan Camp #1390 Louisiana Division
Lt. S. D. Lee Caledonia Rifles Camp #2140 Mississippi Division
Shieldsboro Rifles Camp #2263 Mississippi Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Kate Litton Hickman Chapter #597 Tennessee Division
Beauvoir Chapter #621 Mississippi Division
Robert E. Lee Chapter #737 Louisiana Division
Varina Howell Davis Chapter #2559 Mississippi Division
Dixie's Daughters Chapter #2650 Texas Division
Rufus C. Burleson Chapter #2709 Texas Division
Order of the Confederate Rose
Parsons' Rose Chapter #9 Texas Division
Gray Roses of Florence #24 Mississippi Division
Mississippi Society OCR General