Keeping Up With the Joneses

An East Memphis garden offers a lovely way to beat the heat.

The pool house with its Southern “low country” architecture, long green shutters, and vintage wicker makes for a shady retreat from summer sun.

photography by Andrea Zucker

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Everything heats up in Memphis in July. Fortunately for Sandra and Jack Jones, when it gets too hot, they — along with many family members and friends — can retreat out back for a dip in their saltwater pool, and later cool off in the garden’s pool house, greenhouse, air-conditioned guesthouse, or in one of several shady loggias.

A formal, architectural quality embraces this East Memphis garden, which was designed by Sandra Jones, with implementation done by Karen Davenport of Kaja Farms. It is a carefully considered landscape offering a variety of picturesque vignettes at every turn. Sandra’s plan is to have her garden look basically the same in winter and summer, and accordingly it is landscaped with plants that stay green — including boxwoods, camellias, and azaleas. Then, as the seasons dictate, New Dawn roses, hydrangeas, and peonies burst into colorful bloom and are added to the mix. Many “old friends” can be found in the garden, too, such as the Florida gardenia trees that traveled with Sandra from her former Morningside Park home.

Dotted throughout the Joneses’ garden are lovely, old-world marble statues, urns, iron gates, and salvaged industrial remnants, all of which have the patina of age. These vintage finds have been handpicked by Sandra from estate sales in Memphis, as well as from auctions and sales all around the world. They add character to the glimpses of green which can be seen from every window in the main house and outbuildings.

The loggia off the main house opens to the garden and features blue and white linen upholstered furniture and a chandelier crafted by Bobby Montgomery, with antlers courtesy of Peter Schutt, Jack Jones’ son.


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