After fine-tuning his abilities in agriculture engineering at Mississippi State University, Bruce Ewing dove quickly into the world of mulch, mud, and hedge mazes. In addition to farming sod and designing custom landscapes, the property specialist lends his expertise to keeping his clients' grounds healthy throughout the year. At Bartlett Landscape Spray, Bruce and his crew install turf and ornamental plants along with patios, outdoor lighting, and irrigation systems. They also provide maintenance services such as pruning, lawn care, and insect control, and plant seasonal decorations so they bloom just in time for the holidays.
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.