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Henry Wister


Designed by Frances Chiles Henry and Wister Henry in the era of 1937,  the garden was developed for the beautification and enjoyment for all that stroll through the Garden.

Hundreds of azaleas of many varieties line the pathways, covered wooded areas and drives and are stunning from around March 25 to April 25 each year.

Along with the azaleas are hundreds of roses throughout the Gardens. There are two designated rose gardens for you to enjoy (and envy their beauty). Daylilies, those fabulous smelling addition to any garden, abound in the Garden with the best viewing being during early June and July. Daylilies are such a lovely fragrant flower that the stroll through the Garden at this time will be most enjoyable.

There are Crape Myrtles providing glorious color through the months of July thru September.

Take a few minutes and sit in the six-sided gazebo while you admire the flowers and rest just a bit. There is also a large fountain from Italy installed over an artesian well to add even more character and beauty to the site. Here you will get to see the highest award presented to gardeners by the Menís Garden Club of America, a Johnny Appleseed statue just across the lawn from the Garden House.

This is an elegantly landscaped, lush fourteen-acre estate surrounding a colonial house. There are broad lawns and a small decorative lake populated by black swans, African geese, and flamingos. Wister Gardens has a nice Deep South ambience, with gazebos and serpentine paths through the trees. Some 8,000 azaleas bloom in springtime, as do numerous bulbs (including 4,000 tulips) and a variety of lovely fruit trees. There are more than 120 varieties of trees and shrubs here. Also of note are the chrysanthemums of autumn and the camellia displays in winter.

Wister Gardens is a stunning environment for wedding venues, delta weddings, class reunion, family reunions, picnics.  You have have access to a  full kitchen and a garden room.

Do you want to be inside? Well, there is a year-round glassed-in garden house, heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, that can be rented for special occasions.

The Garden Club of Belzoni gives you an opportunity to learn what some of the different varieties of trees and shrubs are by identification markers on 150 different species.

Come and enjoy the ducks, there are a variety of them occupying the 4 acre lake at the site.

Hours: Open Year Round from Sunday Ė Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on all major holidays. 

The Gardens are handicap accessible.

Admission is FREE

Host Wedding Pet Friendly



Wister Gardens
1440 State Hwy 7
Belzoni, Mississippi 39038