This typical southern garden was a privately owned garden first created by Mynelle Westbrook Hayward. The city of Jackson, MS acquired the gardens in 1973 and encompasses seven acres of land. The garden is filled with winding paths, bridges and cascading pools. There are many botanical areas with distinctive plant species on the way to an island oasis. Many people in the south have tried to recreate this beautiful garden area.
The home was originally the family home of Mrs. Hayward, whose parents built the house in 1917. The home and Mynelle Gardens are used for weddings and receptions today as well as a variety of meetings. Photographers and artists' original artwork are encouraged by the staff of Mynelle Gardens.
Songbirds have found a home at the gardens and it is also a wildlife sanctuary. Visitors to the gardens can take home Mississippi crafts, gifts and gardening items from the Gift Shop.
Mynelle Gardens have been used for several garden parties throughout the years as well as civic fund raisers. During World War II recovering soldiers were encouraged to visit the calming gardens as part of their therapy. Guests from around the world have visited the gardens. If anyone is interested in using the gardens for a private function they are encouraged to call for a reservation.
Mynelle Gardens is handicapped accessible and is open throughout the year. March through October the hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. November through February the hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. December through February the gardens are not open on Sunday. The gardens are also closed on all major holidays.
Admission to Mynelle Gardens is four dollars for adults, children 4 - 12 are one dollar and children under four are free. Students can enter the gardens for five dollars and a family pass can be purchased for thirty dollars. The address of Mynelle Gardens is 4736 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS.
Hotels that are in the vicinity of Mynelle Gardens include: Best Western Richland Inn & Suites, Quality Inn Clinton, Embassy Suites Jackson - North/Ridgeland, Ridgeland Days Inn & Suites, Hyatt Place Jackson - Ridgeland, Sleep Inn & Suites, Quality Inn North, Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Pearl, and Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Jackson Airport.
Restaurants that are near Mynelle Gardens are the SakuraBana, Alumni House, Primos Caf,, Battlefield Inn, Nick's, Little Caesar's Pizza, Hal & Mal's Restaurant, Shapley's Restaurant, Sway's Bistro, Gattitown Food Games and Fun, Kyoto Japanese Steak House, Chimneyville Caf, and T'Beaux's II Crawfish & Seafood Restaurant.
Jackson, MS has many other attractions to visit while in the area;The New Stage Theater, the Mississippi Coliseum, the Jackson Zoo, Old State Capitol Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum. Sports enthusiasts can also see the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. There are also a host of shopping malls in the area.