Old Frenchman Place Garden (Location Key)


The garden where V.K. Ratliff falls into Flem Snopes trap is described (in "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard") as an "inscrutable desolation of cedar and brier and crapemyrtle and calycanthus gone lush and wild" (140), and in The Hamlet as mass of "man-tall briers and weeds and persimmon shoots" (374). Before the Civil War it was the Old Frenchman's "rose-garden" (375); it lies on "a vague slope" that rises to the "shaggy crest" on which the ruins of the mansion house stand (375).