The Magnolia State is known for its beautiful vegetation and the long growing season that bodes well for local landscapes. Jackson is no different in its ability to grow native plants in both high density and recreational areas. From gardens to parks there are plenty of cultivated plants, landscaping, and wildlife to see in the area. Check out this list of the five most scenic outdoor spots in Jackson, Mississippi.
1. Mynelle Gardens Arboretum & Botanical Center
Located on Clinton Boulevard, the Mynelle Gardens Arboretum and Botanical Center is a great spot to take pictures as well as enjoy natural beauty. The gardens are well known for their wedding venues as well as their cultivated plants placed along many walking paths and sitting areas. Trails extend over bridges and along streams as well. You’ll find plenty of azaleas all over the property as well as a fair amount of camellias. Plenty of native and flowering trees are also located in the gardens including Japanese Magnolias. The gardens also include plant markers to help educate visitors.
2. Eudora Welty House & Garden
This beautifully restored residence was the home to famous author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Eudora Welty, located at 1119 Pinehurst Street. Welty was a huge fan of gardening and mentioned many varieties of plants in her writing. Reservations need to be made for tours which include the inside of the home as well as the expansive surrounding garden. The Welty Garden is most famous for the collection of camellias, which are a rose-like flower, that includes over 30 varieties throughout the grounds. The garden is also an approved spot on the American Camellia Society’s Gulf Coast Camellia Trail as well as an approved display garden of the American Daffodil Society. Any time of year is a great time to visit the garden as it was planted to provide continuous blooms throughout the year.
3. The Art Garden
Located in the heart of downtown, The Art Garden is a small area of just over 1 acre that provides a welcome place to take a break. The garden features many native ornamental kinds of grass along a small pond and fountain located in the middle of the space. The Art Garden is maintained by the Mississippi Museum of Art and hosts permanent art installations.
4. Le Fleur’s Bluff State Park
This 305-acre park within Jackson city limits is a great spot to view nature as well as take beautiful photos. Le Fleur’s Bluff State Park is located on Lakeland Terrace along the Pearl River and is packed with plenty of native shade trees along the campground and day use areas. A nature trail will take you from the Museum of Natural Science, also located on the grounds, towards beautiful Mayes Lake. Camping is available as well as a gorgeous golf course on the Northwest part of the park.
5. Mississippi Petrified Forest
Located just north of Jackson is an old forest that features many pieces of petrified wood. The Mississippi Petrified Forest has a walking trail through the forest that is lined with petrified logs that have turned to stone. A great photo opportunity includes the Caveman’s Bench which is located just off the trail with easy access to visitors. Visitors can also camp on the grounds as well as learn more about the petrification process.
There are plenty of beautiful plants and trees to see within all of Jackson. You can enjoy great photo opportunities ranging from large recreational areas to small garden visits in the heart of downtown. Grab your camera and visit all of these great places to capture the most scenic outdoor spots in Jackson.
Kena Morris is a gardener and flower expert who loves sharing in the growth of nature. She is a gentle spirit and a self-described introvert. You can find her in any nearby botanical garden relishing in the peace and serenity or watching her favorite film, Amélie.