HOUSTON – Pretty plants have grown in this part of Mississippi for eons and the Chickasaw County Heritage Museum is seeking to landscape its property with native flowers and bushes.
The Museum is asking the community to contact them and then bring by those bushes, flowers and seeds so they can plant them around museum property in Joe Brigance Park.
“We had a few Historical Society members point out we’ve got this grand building and it’s sort of bare,” said Jan Dyson, of the Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society. “We got this beautiful spot of property that is right in the middle of town and our park and we just wanted to add to it.”
They are asking for cutting and seeds be donated to the Museum by contacting Annette Moore at 567-2001 before they drop something off.
“We are particularly looking for what some people call confederate jasmine and confederate rose,” said Dyson. “The confederate rose blooms in October and starts out white and turns pink or red. We’ve had people tell us about it and we would love a cutting if we can find one.”
Left to itself, the confederate rose can grow to be 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Confederate jasimine is a vine with dark green foliage and small orange flowers. It has a long life span but usually only grows about two feet tall.
Seed or saplings from trees trees that have some type of historical significance are also being sought.
“We’ve all heard stories of trees where a treaty was signed under a tree, or maybe there is a tree that was planted in a cemetery a long, long time ago by someone of historical significance to our community,” said Dyson. “We can’t transplant the tree but we would love some seeds or a sapling.
“The museum is all about gathering and documenting those stories,” Dyson added. “It would be great to point our children and grandchildren to those trees and tell them those stories.”
The Museum also sports an Ag Barn filled with farm equipment used in this region in years past.
Dyson said they are looking for brown cotton, native corn and other heirloom seeds that made this part of Mississippi a thriving agricultural community for pioneer families.
“It will probably take a few years for the plants to grow in,” said Dyson. “We are looking for native plants that are easy to grow and don’t require a lot of maintenance.”
The Museum is located on about three acres of land and while the soil is not perfect, Dyson said Historical Society members will do their best.”
“And we are also looking for plants and bushes that are just pretty,” said Dyson. “We don’t have a lot of money and we are looking to improve the appearance of the museum.”
The Museum will provide the labor and would like to get started landscaping before the heat of summer arrives.