Just north of Belzoni on highway 7, visitors will be delighted by beautiful Wister Gardens. The 14 acre Wister Gardens were developed by Frances Chiles Henry and Wister Henry beginning about 1937. Now supported by a permanent trust, the gardens feature free admission with spectacular year-round viewing. Thousands of azaleas of many varieties line pathways, cover wooded areas and drives, and set the Garden aglow from about March 25 to April 25.
Hundreds of roses are scattered throughout the gardens, with two designated rose gardens. Daylilies abound in the best viewing of the hundreds of varieties during early June and July.
Crape myrtles provide outstanding color though the months of July, August and September.
Other attractions in the gardens are a 6-sided gazebo, a place whereoutdoor weddings are held and where some come to enjoy the trees and flowers on a summer’s day. A large fountain from Italy installed over and artesian well is the home of large goldfish and water lilies. A statue of Johnny Appleseed is across the lawn from the Garden House.
This was an award presented to Mr. Henry by the Men’s Garden Club of America and is the highest award presented to gardeners. A year-round glassed-in garden house, heated in winter and air conditioned in the summer, is available by reservation for special occasions such as weddings, family reunions, picnics, and garden clubs.
The Garden Club of Belzoni established an arboretum at the Gardens in 1983. Idenification markers were placed on 150 different varieties of trees and shrubs.