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Eudora Welty’s Mother Inspired Her Love Of Camellias–And You Can Still Visit Their Garden

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Southern Living magazine featured Eudora Welty’s camellias in the January/February 2023 issue.
Read the story here by award-winning author Valerie Fraser Luesse, with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo. The Eudora Welty House & Garden in Jackson, Mississippi, is an institutional member of the Southern Garden History Society, and executive director Jessica Russell is an incoming member of the board of directors.
The article mentions Susan Haltom’s and Jane Roy Brown’s book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) Read more about it in Magnolia. 2011;XXIV.4:10
To learn more about the Eudora Welty House & Garden, here are two additional Magnolia articles from 2004 when the garden opened to the public and a follow-up ten years later in 2014:
2004;XIX.1:10 “Eudora Welty House Garden Opens to Public”
2014;XXVII.4:1 “The Restored Eudora Welty Garden Ten Years On”


Images Credits- Courtesy of Southern Living & Ngoc Minh Ngo
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Jessica Russell grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. degree in Communications. She worked as a copywriter, graphic designer, public relations specialist beginning in 2006 and in 2016 became Associate Creative Director of Godwin, an integrated marketing firm headquartered in Jackson. Her passion for writing, art, and nature led her to the Eudora Welty House & Garden in 2019, where she served as Garden Projects Specialist. In July of 2022, Russell became director of the historic site, which is operated by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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